The proposal is for a concurrent planning scheme amendment and planning permit for Burnham Beeches (1 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke). Yarra Ranges Shire Council is the Planning Authority for the Amendment, and Burnham Beeches Pty Ltd is the Proponent.

Planning Scheme Amendment

The proposal seeks to change the planning scheme to allow more flexibility for Burnham Beeches to change and develop over time consistent with its designation as a major tourist facility.

The site is currently in the Special Use Zone for Major Tourist Development. The existing planning controls were created prior to the implementation of the Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme in July 2000. The proposed amendment will remove the current cap on patron numbers and allow a broader range of potential land uses (subject to a planning permit).

Planning Permit Application

Concurrent with the proposed planning scheme amendment, a planning permit is proposed to allow for (in summary):

  • a licensed residential hotel in the Norris Building (main hotel building) of 48 rooms, including ancillary bar and dining area
  • two licensed restaurants (existing bakery/café and a new restaurant) in the Piggery Building
  • a brewery with associated food and drink areas
  • a shop and licensed food and drink premises
  • staff accommodation (two buildings)
  • intersection works for the Sherbrooke Road entry
  • vegetation removal

Panel or Committee

Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme Amendment C142: Burnham Beeches Panel

The role of the Panel is to:

  • give submitters an opportunity to be heard in an independent forum in an informal, non-judicial manner
  • give independent advice to the Planning Authority and the Minister about the proposed amendment.

Panel members

  • Natasha Reifschneider
  • Lester Townsend (Chair)
  • Peter Edwards

Learn more about the members by reading their  biographies (DOC, 48.0 KB).



The Amendment was exhibited from 20 October 2016 to 1 October 2016.

Directions hearing

A Directions Hearing will be held:

    10.00am, Tuesday 14 November 2017
    Japara House, Living and Learning Centre
    54/58 Durham Rd, Kilsyth

You should attend the Directions Hearing if:

  • you are unfamiliar with the Panel process and wish to participate in the Public Hearing process
  • you have any questions about the Panel process or wish to raise any procedural issues.

Public hearing

The Hearing is scheduled to commence in the week of 4 December 2017, and is expected to be completed in 4 days.

Download a copy of the hearing timetable (PDF, 126.9 KB)

The Hearing is open to all submitters and the public to attend.


The report must be provided to the planning authority within 40 business days after the last date of the Panel hearing or after all information necessary to prepare the report has been received by the Panel.

More information

If you have any questions or need further information, get in touch via the contact details below.

  • For information about the submission and public hearing process, please contact:
    Planning Panels Victoria
    ☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5120
    ✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au


All supporting documents for this project can be found here.

Supporting Documents

Planning Scheme Amendment

Panel documents