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).

Public consultation - Closed

Public consultation for Amendment C182dare for the Preston Market Precinct, closed on 13 July 2021. Submissions were received from the community, community organisations, landowners, government agencies, and local Council in response to the VPA’s draft Amendment C182dare. The next steps for consideration of submissions to the amendment are:

  • The VPA will review all submissions. This may lead to changes to the draft Amendment if matters raised in submissions are considered to improve the delivery of the key planning objectives for the precinct.
  • All submissions will then be referred by the Minister for Planning to the independent Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) that is expected to commence in November 2021. The SAC will independently consider all submissions and the VPA’s draft Amendment C182dare. It will then advise the Minister for Planning on the form of a final planning scheme amendment and any changes it believes might be necessary.
  • All submitters will be contacted by Planning Panels Victoria about the timing and any requirements from the SAC for individual submitters to participate further in the process should they wish to.
  • It is anticipated that a final amendment will be ready for approval later in 2022.

For more information, refer to the VPA's webpage Preston Market Precinct.


All submissions have been uploaded to the VPA webpage. For more information, refer to the VPA's webpage Preston Market Precinct.

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

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.