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Mid-Century Modern Heritage Protection

Beaumaris and Black Rock are home to many significant mid-century properties thanks to a concentration of innovative architects building in the years following World War 2.

Mid-century modern architecture plays a pivotal role in making these suburbs special. It helps to create unique and special neighbourhood identities and iconic local streetscapes. This heritage contributes to making Beaumaris and Black Rock the highly valued and much-loved places they are today.

What is mid-century modern architecture?

Mid-century modern architect designed houses feature new design approaches, including use of light timber or steel framing; materials such as cement sheeting; flat or skillion roofs; north facing windows and easy connection to outdoor decks and gardens.

Sometimes structurally daring, the style of architecture is distinct for its use of clean lines, open plan layout and a different approach for maximising vistas and utilising natural light with floor to ceiling windows.

Approval of Amendment C178bays - Mid-Century Modern Heritage Voluntary Nomination Process 

Through a Voluntary Nomination Process undertaken in 2019-2020, Council sought expressions of interest from landowners to nominate their mid-century modern homes for possible inclusion in the Heritage Overlay. Assessment of the nominated properties was undertaken as a two stage process and recommended 19 properties within Black Rock and Beaumaris to be implemented in the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay of the Bayside Planning Scheme. 

A planning scheme amendment (Amendment C178bays) was submitted to the Minister for Planning in April 2020 in request to apply permanent heritage protection to these 19 buildings. 

On 11 February 2021, Notice of Approval of Amendment C178bays was published in the Victorian Government Gazette and the Amendment has now came into effect, forming part of the Bayside Planning Scheme.

The Minister changed the amendment so that temporary heritage controls were applied in place of permanent protection. Council will now consider these properties as part of its current mid-century modern heritage study. 
The final form of Amendment C178bays can be viewed here.

Next steps

Council resolved to commence a mid-century modern heritage study at its 23 June 2020 Ordinary Meeting in 2020/21. This study has commenced and is in its early stages of development.

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Contact us

If you are interested in finding out more, we encourage you to contact us by Phone or Email.

Email

planningstrategy [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Beaumaris%20heritage%20review%20in%20Bayside)

Phone

(03) 9599 4368