What is Neighbourhood Character?
Neighbourhood character is often the relationship between where buildings are located on a site, the spaces between them and the landscaping of an area. It can also relate to elements such as roof pitch, building front setbacks, front gardens, fencing and building materials.
The purpose of neighbourhood character is not to prevent change however, it is intended as a tool to ensure change and development can occur with respect to the dominant neighbourhood character of a streetscape area.
Neighbourhood character can change over time and is implemented by planning controls that differ from those used to protect 'heritage'.
Guidelines and Policy
Our Residential Character Study was included in the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme as of April 13, 2004 and is still current today. The purpose of the Study is to provide guidelines and a policy basis for assessing development applications within residential areas.
There are guidelines for 80 precincts in Bendigo, Strathfieldsaye and Heathcote. Each precinct has a brochure describing its current and preferred future character and provides specific design guidelines to ensure that new residential developments contributes to this character.
In addition to being in a precinct, a Neighbourhood Character Overlay and a Significant Landscape Overlay may also apply to your property.
Check the relevant suburb brochure to see if your property is included in a precinct:
- Central Bendigo Precinct
- East Bendigo Precinct
- Eaglehawk Precinct
- Flora Hill Precinct
- Golden Square Precinct
- Heathcote Precinct
- Kangaroo Flat Precinct
- Long Gully Precinct
- North Bendigo Precinct
- Quarry Hill Precinct
- Strathfieldsaye Precinct
- Spring Gully Precinct
- Strathdale/Kennington Precinct
- West Bendigo Precinct
- White Hills Precinct