Heritage & Planning Issues

Heritage & Planning Issues

The Collingwood Historical Society has had an active involvement in the heritage planning for the City of Yarra and previously for the City of Collingwood (Abbotsford, Clifton Hill and Collingwood) over the past 30 years or so. We were members of the committee for the City of Collingwood Urban Conservation Study carried out by Andrew Ward in the 1980s. We have been members of a number of the City of Yarra’s heritage review committees. We are deeply concerned that the historical and heritage value of the area be respected for the benefit of future generations, both the natural heritage of the Yarra River and the built heritage.

Below is a list of some of the planning and heritage sites we have been involved with in recent years. Most involve unsympathetic development of heritage sites, often within heritage precincts, and which fail to meet the objectives of Yarra Council’s heritage guidelines. They also include high rise developments along the sensitive Yarra River corridor. 

More information about the proposed developments may be found on the Yarra Council website. 

See also https://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/the-area/heritage   

Some sites are also on the Victorian Heritage Register. 




  • Johnston St Local Area Plan (Amendment C220) a framework for the area, including development in riverside Trenerry Crescent, has recently been approved.


  • 247-259 Johnston St (St Crispin House). Proposed 15 storey development. Under construction. All but the facade has been demolished.
  • 647-649 Victoria St. Proposed 10 storey development on Yarra bank next to Walmer St footbridge. Accepted by VCAT.
  • 10-16 Trenerry Crescent (former Yarra Falls Mills). Multi storey residential development on the banks of the Yarra.
  • 112-142 Trenerry Crescent (Amendment C219)
  • 18-62 Trenerry Crescent (Amendment C218)
  •            Both the above amendments involve plans for large developments on the Yarra River bank.
  • 677 Victoria St (former Honeywell site). Large-scale development in sensitive riverside area. Completed.

Clifton Hill


Queens Parade Activity Centre plan (Amendment C231) supports development up to 14 storeys and threatens the heritage streetscape and skyline. This Amendment is before a Planning Panel in August 2019. Report expected in October 2019.

  • 64 Alexandra Pde, the former Provan’s site. State government rezoning.
  • 101-103 Queens Parade (Bendigo Bank).   6 storey proposal.
  • 141-147 Queens Pde (Clifton’s Warehouse)
  • 205-211 Queens Pde. 12 storey development withing heritage overlay
  • 267-271 Queens Pde – 22 storey building. 


  • 47 Ramsden St (former Marshall’s butchers)

    97-99 Queens Pde (Taco Bill’s) – design of infill.

    139 Queens Pde (former Normandy Hotel) now nearly completed.

    217-241 Queens Parade. Clifton Views 12 storey development within heritage overlay, now completed.

    1 South Terrace (Sambell Lodge redevelopment) Development included demolishing the St Andrew’s church. Demolition accepted by VCAT. Building underway.



  • Collingwood Mixed Use precinct – Council is requesting interim protection for the southern portion of the Collingwood Mixed Use Precinct and to nominate a number of properties for inclusion within the Heritage overlay or the Victorian heritage register
  • 42-44 Oxford St, 61-63 Cambridge St. 14 storey development, demolition of much of the fabric of the former Dyason’s cordial factory.


  • 23-33 Johnston St. Proposed 12 storey development behind the significant façade of the former Gregory Steel works, within the Johnston St heritage precinct. VCAT approved an 8 storey building.
  • 107 Cambridge St, (former Foy & Gibson complex). Large-scale visible development.
  • 62 Easey St/259 Wellington St (former Portsea House site)
  • 34-38 Otter St, St Joseph’s Church. Proposal to demolish rather than repair the fire-damaged church. Collingwood’s oldest church. Demolition refused by VCAT.
  • 1-21 Robert St (former Yorkshire Brewery). Development with 17, 14 and 10 storey towers around the landmark brew tower.

Updated August 2019
































































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