Laneway protection

The state government has formally adopted new CBD heritage overlays proposed by the City of Melbourne in 2017.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne approved the amendment on August 16. The protections emerged out of a 2017 report by architects Lovell Chen that was accepted and advocated for by the council.

Amendment C271 gives the Guildford and Hardware Laneways precinct permanent heritage protection. The sites have been under interim protection since last year.

City of Melbourne heritage spokesperson Cr Rohan Leppert said the council was “delighted” that the minister had gazetted Council’s Guildford and Hardware Lanes heritage amendment.

“This is the culmination of years of work by City of Melbourne staff, heritage consultants and advocates, all for the cause of bringing our heritage controls up to date and conserving the unique character of this remarkable part of our ever-changing city,” Cr Leppert said. 

Multiple sites neighbouring the laneways are also included in the overlay.

Minister Wynne said the laneways had a “rich and interesting history”.

“We want them to be protected so they can be enjoyed by generations to come,” he said.

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