Update May 2015
The Minister for Planning has now approved the Heritage Overlay for the Newmarket Railway Station.
This was gazetted into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme on 23 April 2015.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website includes the approved planning scheme documentation.
For more information please email the Strategic Planning team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 9243 8888.
Update October 2014
Planning Scheme Amendment C145 was adopted at the Council Meeting held 28 October 2014. The amendment will now be sent to the Minister for Planning for approval and inclusion into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme. We will keep you updated and advise when a response from the Minister is received.
For more information please email the Strategic Planning team at email@example.com or call 9243 8888.
Metro Trains Works
Metro Trains has advised us that works will commence on Monday, 22 September 2014 to update Newmarket Station as part of Metro's maintenance and renewal works program. This will include the installation of new platform shelters, bins and seating and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
This work does not include any building remediation works and therefore does not impact on any of the buildings that we are seeking heritage protection for. Amendment C145 which seeks to apply the Heritage Overlay to Newmarket Station has completed exhibition and a report will be presented to Council at its Ordinary Meeting in October recommending the amendment be adopted.
Metro Trains have advised that:
- These works will primarily be undertaken during the day, however some works will be carried out when trains are not running for safety reasons.
- Due to the nature of the works nearby residents may hear low to medium level construction noise.
the Metro team and contractors will aim to reduce excessive noise and will make every effort to minimise disturbance to residents.
- Lighting towers may be installed near work sites and will be directed away from residents where possible.
- In the event of bad weather or unavoidable circumstances some activities may need to be rescheduled.
For further information please contact PTV on 1800 800 007 (6am to midnight, 7 days) and quote reference ‘Metro Newmarket Station’.
Update September 2014
The exhibition period is now complete for Amendment C145 to introduce permanent heritage controls for Newmarket Station in Flemington into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme and introduce the Permit Exemptions Policy – Railway Heritage Places as an incorporated document. We are currently reviewing the submissions received and the amendment is expected to be considered at the Council Meeting on 28 October 2014.
Update August 2014
Have your say
Amendment C145 - permanent heritage protection for Newmarket Station
We are seeking feedback by Friday, 5 September on Amendment C145 to introduce permanent heritage controls for Newmarket Station in Flemington into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme and introduce the Permit Exemptions Policy – Railway Heritage Places as an incorporated document.
The amendment seeks to apply the Heritage Overlay to the station complex and associated land which includes the station buildings and platforms, pedestrian subway, mature trees and the northern section of the railway bridge over Racecourse Road.
While there has been no decision from the Minister for Planning yet on Council’s request introduce interim heritage controls for the station complex, we are moving forward with Amendment C145 which would introduce permanent controls and therefore supersede any interim controls.
Specifically, the amendment proposes to:
- Update the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay (Clause 43.01) of the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme by including the subject land, and to apply the City of Moonee Valley Permit Exemptions Policy Railway Heritage Places (May 2014) to the subject land and to the following railway heritage places already included in the Heritage Overlay:
- Pedestrian footbridge, Railway Place West (HO104)
- Bloomfield Road Rail Overbridge, Ascot Vale (HO163)
- Moonee Ponds Railway Station (HO248)
- Ascot Vale Railway Station (HO295)
- Maribyrnong Road Bridge (HO296)
- Eglinton Street Pedestrian Bridge (HO297)
- Railway Trestle Bridge, Moonee Ponds Creek (HO342)
- Amend Planning Scheme Map 12HO to include the subject land in the Heritage Overlay.
- Amend the Schedule to Clause 81.01 to include the City of Moonee Valley Permit Exemptions Policy Railway Heritage Places (May 2014) as an incorporated document in the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.
A full copy of the amendment document is available below:
Hard copies are available for viewing at Moonee Valley City Council, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds.
How to have your say
To provide feedback you need to make sure your submission is in writing. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 September 2014.
A submission can be sent to the Strategic Planning department, Moonee Valley City Council, PO Box 126, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact the Strategic Planning team at email@example.com or 9243 8888.
Update June 2014
Metro Trains have withdrawn their current application for partial demolition of Newmarket Station.
Despite this, we are still keen for the Minister for Planning to implement interim Heritage Controls. Further detail is provided under Heritage concerns.
Newmarket Station - partial demolition request
On Tuesday, 13 May 2014 we received an application request from Metro Trains to demolish approximately 45 per cent of the Platform 1 (city bound) building of the Newmarket Railway Station which fronts Pin Oak Crescent.
The application seeks to demolish the portion of the building south of the existing archway and entrance due to ongoing structural issues resulting from the continued subsidence of the building.
As part of the proposed general works and upgrades to the station, Metro Trains has advised Council that bracing and structural measures will be incorporated to the remaining portion of the building to help ensure its ongoing retention.
We have asked Metro Trains for a copy of their structural engineer’s report so that we can fully understand the structural issues which have ultimately led to the demolition request.
Newmarket Station has been identified as a high priority for a future study in the Moonee Valley Draft Heritage Gap Study, however it is not currently protected by a heritage overlay. The draft study is scheduled to be exhibited in late July for public comment.
If a heritage overlay did apply to the station a planning permit would be required for the works but would not prohibit demolition of the building if major structural concerns could not be overcome.
On Friday, 23 May 2014 we sent a letter to the Minister for Planning requesting interim heritage controls for the Newmarket Station in accordance with Section 8(1)b and 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and Section 29B(1)(b)(ii) of the Building Act 1993.
A formal notice was also sent to Metro Trains informing them that we had made an application to the Minister for Planning for an amendment to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme to introduce interim heritage controls for the station complex. The request for interim controls means consideration of the application for the proposed demolition will be suspended pending the Minister’s decision.
We have engaged an independent heritage consultant who has undertaken a heritage assessment of the site to support the Planning Scheme Amendment and the proposed interim heritage controls.
What happens next?
We must now wait for the Minister for Planning’s decision and will continue advocating for the retention of the building.
Under the provisions of the Building Act 1993 Council has 15 working days to respond to the S29A application. Council has, in writing, requested interim controls to the Minister within 15 working days in accordance with Section 29B(1)(b)(ii) of the Building Act 1993. As a result of this formal request, no building permit pertaining to the demolition of the building can be issued until the Minister has decided upon Council’s request for interim controls.