The final version of the above study is on exhibition with comments invited. A copy of the report can be seen at the Hawthorn Library or at the service centre at Hawthorn Town Hall.

This is a good news story for a change! The study proposes a West Hawthorn Village Precinct to be subject to a Heritage Overlay under the Planning Scheme. The proposed Precinct extends from the railway cutting to Power Street, on the north side of Burwood Road, and from Morang Road to No. 86 on the south side of Burwood Road. That covers everything except the new buildings associated with Hawthorn Square.

This proposal for added protection for the heritage buildings in the Centre is particularly timely as the height controls for the Centre sought under the Urban Design Framework have been diluted by the Minister. He has not accepted mandatory height controls here, only “general” height controls. These will be vulnerable at VCAT, so Heritage controls would be of great value as an extra form of control.

If you favour this overlay I urge you to submit comments indicating your support for the proposal. Comments should be submitted to Katherine White at the council by Friday, March 20, although submissions received next week will probably also be accepted. Email address is Katherine.White@boroondara.vic.gov.au Her phone number is 9278 4535.

The Heritage Study also proposes an Precinct for almost all of Manningtree Road and extensions to the existing Morang Road/ Evansdale Road Precinct.

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