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Neighbourhood character

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Residential area with heritage buildings

Neighbourhood character is about how buildings relate to the streetscape, landform, vegetation and each other. It relates to elements such as roof pitch, buildings set back from the property boundary, vegetation and fencing materials.

Neighbourhood character is implemented by planning controls that differ from those used to protect 'heritage'.

Neighbourhood character – guidelines and policy

Our Residential Character Study was included in the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme as of 13 April 2004 and is still current today.

The purpose of the Residential Character Study is to provide guidelines and a policy basis for determining development applications within residential areas.

The study applies to residential areas of Bendigo and the suburbs of Strathfieldsaye and Heathcote.

The study has guidelines for 80 precincts in Bendigo, Strathfieldsaye and Heathcote to assist with the design of buildings in residential areas. There are also overlays that relate to specific localities to ensure protection of their special character.

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.

These guidelines will assist in the design for new dwellings. A Neighbourhood Character Overlay and a Significant Landscape Overlay has been applied to certain areas to ensure any new development is respectful of its surroundings.

Check the relevant suburb brochure to see if your property is included in a precinct, or you can contact Planning Services for assistance on 03 5434 6355.

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