The Amendment

Land affected by the amendment

The amendment applies to part of 50 Oatland Road, Plenty 3090.

A mapping reference table is attached at Attachment 1 to this Explanatory Report.

What the amendment does

Specifically the amendment:

  • Amends the Schedule to Clause 43.01 (Heritage Overlay) to apply the heritage overlay (HO271) to part of 50 Oatland Road, Plenty
  • Amends Planning Scheme Map No 008 to apply the new Heritage Overlay
  • Amends the Schedule to Clause 72.04 (Schedule to the Documents Incorporated in this Planning Scheme) to include a Statement of Significance for 50 Oatland Road, Plenty
  • Amends the Schedule to Clause 72.08 (Backgrounds Documents) to include the citation for 50 Oatland Road, Plenty.

Why is the amendment required?

50 Oatland Road, Plenty, is historically significant for its association with the development of Plenty in the interwar years. As an intact timber bungalow built for William Charles and Priscilla Mary Lierse in c1928, originally on a 30 acre lot, it provides tangible evidence of the interwar subdivision pattern in which large rural landholdings in the Plenty area where divided for sale in allotments of 10 of 30 acres. These allotments were advertised as being equally suited to farming and fruit-growing as they were to residential purposes. In response to an increasing population in the area, this development coincided with and supported a growing Plenty town centre. Established in the 1920s, the town centre included a Primary School (HO213), Methodist Church (HO250), Store and Hall (HO248). The Lierse family were early residents in the Diamond Creek and Plenty area involved in a variety of agricultural and other pursuits. They were heavily involved in the development of community life in Plenty from the mid- 1920s.

Arthurs Creek, Doreen, Hurstbridge, Strathewen, Plenty, Diamond Creek, Yarrambat and Research became important centres for a fruit-growing industry that was based at Diamond Creek. Smaller orchardists, however, often struggled to make a living from their trees and often turned to other activities such as raising chickens, selling firewood or even working for other landowners or in goldmines, as well as tending their fruit trees. This was the case for William Charles Lierse, who was an orchardist and sanitary contractor prior to establishing a poultry farm on the property by 1943. 50 Oatland Road provides important tangible evidence of these early agricultural activities in the area. The significance of the place is enhanced by its rural setting, which maintains it street frontage and setback to Oatland Road.

The house at 50 Oatland Road, Plenty, is a largely intact representative example of a timber interwar bungalow. It has had very few changes made to the original or early built fabric across its principal elevations. Key characteristics include its asymmetric built form with projecting front room below a dominant Dutch gable roof, and an extensive wrap-around verandah under the sweep of the main roof line. The extant c1920s garage, poultry shed, and open setting evidence the use of the site as a poultry farm complex.

The significance of the property was assessed against the standard criteria contained in Practice Note 01 Applying the Heritage Overlay (August 2018) and is considered to meet the requirements and threshold for local protection through application of the Heritage Overlay. Consequently, Amendment C142nill is required to implement these findings by including the property in the Heritage Overlay.

The Heritage Overlay is the appropriate planning mechanism to protect the heritage values of the property as the Heritage Overlay requires a permit to be granted for building and works, including demolition that could affect the significance of the property.


Council Resolution

MOVED: Cr Peter Perkins

SECONDED: Cr Geoff Paine

That Council:

1. Notes the submissions to Amendment C142nill to the Nillumbik Planning Scheme.

2. Requests the Minister for Planning appoint an independent planning panel to consider Amendment C142nill pursuant to Section 23(1)(b) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

3. Requests that Officers notify submitters to Amendment C142nill of the Council’s resolution and update Participate Nillumbik accordingly with next steps in the Amendment process.

4. Brings the C142nill Panel report as an outcome of the Panel Hearing (once available) to a future Council Meeting for Council consideration.


Planning Panel Hearing

The Planning Panel Hearing to consider submissions to Amendment C142nill will be heard virtually on 12 July 2022.

Expert evidence as per the requirement of the Directions issued by the Panel has been distributed. Please see below for witness evidence provided for the hearing.

Subject to completion of the Panel Hearing, Council will await the Panel Report, before bringing the panel’s recommendations to a future Council meeting

Council Statement of Evidence - 50 Oatlands Road, Plenty - GML Heritage - July 2022

Property Owner Statement of Evidence - 50 Oatlands Road, Plenty - Bryce Raworth - July 2022


Formal exhibition of Amendment C142nill took place between 27 January 2022 and 02 March 2022 as required under Section 19 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

At its April Meeting Council resolved to request the Minister for Planning to appoint an independent Planning Panel to consider the Amendment, and refer all submissions to the panel appointed, in accordance with Section 23(1)(b) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The Panel Hearing took place virtually on 12 July 2022.

In accordance with section 26 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the report is available for public inspection to read click here (or see in Key Documents)

Making a submission

Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment. Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.

The submission period has now closed.

Useful websites

For information and updates on amendments to Planning Schemes, please see the following link:

For details about the planning scheme amendment process, please see the following link:

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