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, was approved in 2019.
  • 247-259 Johnston St (St Crispin House). Proposed 15, then 13 storey development. Council approved 11 storeys plus three basement levels. To VCAT 2017, 12 storeys approved. Under construction 2019-20. 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). VCAT 1999, 2010, 2012. Multi storey residential development on the banks of the Yarra. Building completed.
  • 80-110 Trenerry Crescent (former Yarra Falls Mills). VCAT 1999. Yarra granted a permit for 7-9 storey buildings on river bank 2009. Buildings completed.
  • 112-142 Trenerry Crescent (Amendment C219) former Austral Silk and Cotton Mill
  • 18-62 Trenerry Crescent (Amendment C218) former William Saunders Malt Extract factory

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.
  • There is further information about developments along Trenerry Crescent described as part of the 2019 Abbotsford History Walk at History Walk Trenerry Crescent

 Clifton Hill


Queens Parade Activity Centre plan (Amendment C231) supported development up to 14 storeys in some parts and six storeys behind the shops, threatening the heritage streetscape and skyline. After much community input a revised Amendment went before a Planning Panel in August 2019 and with further revisions was passed by Council in February 2020. Awaiting Ministerial approval.

  •   64 Alexandra Pde, the former Provan’s site. State government rezoning.
  • 101-103 Queens Parade (Bendigo Bank).   6 storey proposal.
  •  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)  completed 2020.217-241 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. New building completed, older Sambell Lodge building demolished.
  • 141-147 Queens Parade (Clifton’s Warehouse) former Post office. Woolworths Metro store approved with modifications to design and signage.




Amendment C245 includes proposed internal heritage controls for three former cinemas in Yarra, among them the former Austral Picture Theatre at 200-202 Johnston St. Planning Panel hearing held April 2020.

 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. In May 2019 VCAT set aside Yarra’s decision and directed the council to issue a permit. A 14 storey ‘residential hotel’ is planned. The permit requires photos of heritage aspects before demolition – to be checked!


 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 completed.

  • 62 Easey St/259 Wellington St (former Portsea House site). Renovated.
  • 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. Church repaired and re-opened in April 2018.
  • 1-21 Robert St (former Yorkshire Brewery). Development with 17, 14 and 10 storey towers around the landmark brew tower. Development completed.




Updated May 2020
































































































































































































































































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