Council’s heritage overlay policy dates back to 1996. Despite Panel Reports recommending ‘reviews’ of these overlays, nothing approaching a comprehensive and up-to-date review has been embarked upon. Council in its wisdom also decided that many properties found in such overlays could also be zoned as ripe for development under the Residential Growth Zone.

Here is an example of the latest application:

Address: 441-461 Glen Huntly Road, 9 Beavis Street, Elsternwick

Proposal: Demolish the existing building on the land (Heritage Overlay) construct and carry out works associated with the construction of a ten storey building and two buildings of four storeys plus basement, use of the land for the purpose of Accomadation (sic) and shop (Supermarket), a reduction in the visitor car parking requirements of Clause 52.6 and the removal of easement pursuant to Clause 52.02