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New heritage areas approved
Amendment C107 has been approved by the Minister for Planning and is
now part of the planning scheme. Amendment C107 gives six areas in
Ballarat permanent heritage protection.
The six heritage areas include four in Lake Wendouree: St Aidan's, Colpin
Avenue, Dowling Street and Old Showgrounds; an area in central Ballarat,
known as Macarthur Street/Creswick Road; and an area in Bakery Hill,
known as Humffray Street South/Barkly Street.
All properties in the six heritage areas are graded 'significant' or 'not
significant', depending on how much they contribute to the heritage value
of the area they are located in. To see the grading of your property go to
the 'Heritage' link on Council's website and view your heritage area's
'Statement of Significance'.
Owners of significant heritage properties will need to make a planning
application if they want to demolish a building or part of a building.
A planning permit may also be required for exterior changes to buildings,
depending on which part of the building is to be altered and the grading
of the property.
For further information on works not requiring a planning permit, visit the
'Heritage' link on Council's website and view the 'Ballarat Heritage
Precincts Study 2006 Incorporated Plan'.
Regardless of a property's grading there are certain works which do not
require planning approval. These works include internal alterations and
routine repairs and maintenance.
Before carrying out any works in a heritage area you should contact
Council's Statutory Planning Department on 5320 5640 to find out
whether planning approval is required.
Heritage for tomorrow
Heritage places are important to our community and can be protected to
ensure they will survive for future generations to view, understand and
These places are part of the rich tapestry of who we are as a community
and connect us with our past.
Single buildings, trees, intact areas of particular heritage value, ruins,
statues, stone walls, gardens and many other forms of Ballarat's history
may be protected.
The protection that is given to these 'areas' is called a Heritage Overlay.
Works in a Heritage Overlay may require approval, in the form of a planning
permit from Council. This is the mechanism that ensures the protection
given to these places is successful.
With heritage protection, Ballarat can retain its unique identity and
encourage sensitive new development so that both current and future
generations can enjoy what it is that we love about Ballarat.
Council has a full time Heritage Advisor who is available to meet with
residents of properties in a Heritage Overlay.
For further information on Heritage Overlays, or to find out if your property
is in a Heritage Overlay, please contact Council's Statutory Planning unit on
Below: Distinctive red brick kerb and channeling, Colpin Avenue Heritage Precinct
Above: An advertisement showcasing Ballarat's newest garden city development
in the 1930s
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