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Amendment C213 to the Whittlesea Planning Scheme - Epping Renewal Site: 215 Cooper Street, Epping

Amendment C213 is a proposed change to the Whittlesea Planning Scheme to facilitate the rehabilitation and future development of the former Epping Quarry land at 215, 315W and 325C Cooper Street, Epping.

The amendment will provide new planning controls to guide the future development of the land for a mixed use development comprising of employment, health services, housing and open space.

What area does the amendment apply to?

The Amendment applies to land at land shown below. The Amendment predominantly applies to 215 Cooper Street, Epping. This land is the former Epping Quarry site which was previously used for quarrying and landfill activities which ceased almost 20 years ago.

The Amendment also applies to adjoining land at 183-189, 315W and 325C Cooper Street which requires planning scheme anomalies to be rectified. The Amendment does not propose changes to the surrounding residential or commercial properties.


Approved Amendment

The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment C213 (part 1) to the Whittlesea Planning Scheme. Part 1 of the Amendment came into operation on 27 August 2020.

The Minister for Planning has split the Amendment and approved part 1 of the Amendment. The Amendment is split as follows:

  • Amendment C213wsea Part 1 includes all parts of the amendment, excluding the rezoning of land to the Public Conservation and Resource Zone (PCRZ).
  • Amendment C213wsea Part 2 includes the rezoning of land to PCRZ.

The changes to Amendment C213wsea Part 1 include:

  • Consequential changes to the Schedule 9 to Special Use Zone (SUZ) and Schedule 39 to the Development Plan Overlay (DPO) to ensure the provisions are clear, operate as intended and are consistent with the scope and functions allowed under their parent provisions. This includes aligning the table of uses of the SUZ with the intent of DPO by removing ineffectual conditions against section 1 – no permit required uses and some uses becoming section 2 – permit required uses.
  • Removing the reference in the development plan requirements section of DPO39 to the existing s 173 agreement that places limits on the use and development of land in the mixed-use precinct, acknowledging that this agreement has already been executed.
  • Allowing for additional types of planning permit applications to be considered prior to the approval of the development plan, to facilitate proposed social housing and hospital developments.

A decision on Amendment C213wsea Part 2 will be deferred until such time as the proposed PCRZ land is Crown land, or is owned by, vested in or controlled by a Minister, government department, public authority or municipal council.

A copy of the Amendment can be inspected free of charge at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website 

Further information

For further information on the Amendment please contact City of Whittlesea’s Strategic Planning and Economic Development Department: