New planning controls announced for Shrine of Remembrance

ON THE eve of Anzac Day, Planning Minister Justin Madden announced new height and setback controls for St Kilda Road to protect the Shrine of Remembrance.

Mr Madden said land opposite the Shrine at 312 – 332 St Kilda Road would now be the subject of a mandatory 60-metre height control and a 20-metre setback control. The Melbourne Planning Scheme has been updated to reflect the amendment, C155 (see Design and Development Overlay Schedule 58 to Clause 43.02 and Clause 66.06).

"The Shrine of Remembrance is a sacred site, acknowledging the sacrifice of many to preserve Victorian life and liberty. Its design and setting provide opportunities for reflection, solemn group ceremonies, and to educate the community about the events that it commemorates," Mr Madden said. He added that the "Government recognises this and is taking action to ensure any development respects the significance of the Shrine and the appearance of St Kilda Road as a major boulevard."

The new height controls follow the adoption of a revised Statement of Significance endorsed by the Heritage Council acknowledging the impact of external development on the cultural significance of the Shrine.

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