The Preston Market Precinct takes in 5.1 hectares of privately-owned land generally bounded by Murray Road in the north, Cramer Street to the south, the rear of the High Street shops to the east and St Georges Road to the west. The precinct includes Preston Market and is next to Preston train station.

Draft Amendment C182dare to the Darebin Planning Scheme

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has prepared a draft Structure Plan (PDF, 9.94MB) and draft planning scheme amendment for the Preston Market Precinct, to protect the market, guide future development and ensure good outcomes for the community.

The draft plan for Preston retains part of the market building and proposes the balance of the market along the eastern side of the precinct, allowing space in the centre of the precinct for new buildings that provide future homes and jobs. The current and future community will be supported by the new Preston Station, new open spaces and community facilities.

Planning the precinct is vital because, like many areas throughout Melbourne, Preston is facing transformational growth, with the population forecast to double in size to 68,000 people by 2041.

Good planning can ensure that this growth is accommodated in a sustainable way that brings new amenities, community infrastructure and open space.

You can read our draft plan for Preston (PDF, 9.94MB) or learn more about the key ideas in this community brochure (PDF, 6.7MB).

Artists' impression of the future market, showing the entrance from Carmer Street, with open stalls and a high roof

Artists' impression of the future market

Public consultation planning documents

Engagement documents

How to participate

You can review the draft planning scheme amendment documents in the Document Library.

Once you've reviewed the documents, there are several ways to get involved:

1. Make a submission

You can make a submission to the draft plan and draft planning scheme amendment. Submissions must be made in writing to the VPA and sent via email to amendments@vpa.vic.gov.au, post, or using the form below.

Submissions must be received by Tuesday 13 July 2021. Submissions received after this date may not be considered as part of the VPA's review and will be assessed to determine how they can be considered.

Steps to support you making a submission are outlined in this "How to make a submission (PDF 252kb)" document.

2. Attend our trader information session*

If you are a current trader at the Preston Market, you can attend a meeting to learn more about the plan and what it means for you

  • New date - Wednesday 23 June at 3:30pm at the Preston Market.

Registering your interest is no longer necessary. Please contact the project team if you require interpretation services at this event.

3. Ask a question at a community drop-in session

If you have questions or would like more information about this planning process, you can meet with the project team at one of our drop-in sessions.

  • In person*: Saturday 19 June, drop in at any time from 10:00am - 12:30pm at the Preston Conference Centre (Melbourne Polytechnic). Find the event using our event map.

  • Online: Friday 25 June, commencing 12noon - registration essential via this online form

  • Online: Tuesday 29 June, commencing 5:30pm - registration essential via this online form

*Please note that face-to-face activities must align with Victorian Government public health advice. In the event that the current public health restrictions are altered, the VPA may need to adjust or cancel these events. Any change to our event schedule will be communicated via this page.

4. Call or email

You can contact the project team at any time during business hours, Monday to Friday on
(03) 9651 9600 or email preston@vpa.vic.gov.au.

Next steps

After the consultation period ends, the VPA will review all submissions received to address concerns wherever possible. As part of this process, VPA staff will contact submitters if further clarification of their feedback is required.

If the VPA is not able to resolve all submissions, it will request the Minister for Planning to refer submissions to the Victorian Planning Authority Projects Standing Advisory Committee (VPA SAC).

Privacy collection notice

VPA collects your personal information (name, mobile and email) through this form for the purposes of registering you for an online workshop, to add you to a mailing list or to identify you in your submission. We will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law. If you do not wish to provide your personal information you will not be able to be added to our mailing list, make a submission, or post a question on the Q&A board. You may contact us to request access to your personal information, or for other concerns regarding the privacy of your personal information at Matthew.Thornley@vpa.vic.gov.au.

VPA Fast Track Program

The Preston Market Precinct project has been identified as a project on the VPA’s Fast Track Program. You can read more about the VPA’s Fast Track Program here.

The project will use the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee to consider unresolved matters and provide advice to the Minister and the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) prior to VPA finalising the amendment for the Minister for Planning’s consideration.