The London Hotel – Planning

The site of the London Hotel is also known as 92 Beach Street for planning purposes.

November 2017

The applicant has appealed the Council’s September decision to VCAT with a hearing date to be advised.

September 2017

The Council approved a permit for an eight storey building on the site of the former London Hotel. It will include a hotel/pub and 18 dwellings. The permit includes conditions that there be no overshadowing of the foreshore beyond 10 am on the winter solstice (the most stringent overshadowing test available in the planning scheme) and that a heritage record be prepared to Council’s satisfaction.

City of Port Phillip Meeting Agenda 6 September 2017 92 Beach Street and 2 & 4 Princes St, Port Melbourne

For the conditions on the permit, refer to Minutes of the Meeting of 6 September 2017

7 March 2017

On Tuesday 7 March, demolition of the London Hotel began. By week’s end, only the outer walls remained standing, creating the tantalising impression that the hotel had been saved after all.

8 September 2016

In a roller coaster week for the London Hotel, Planning Minister Wynne has declined to impose heritage controls on the hotel as requested by the Port Phillip Council on 9 August. (The Leader)

The owner of the site has a permit to demolish the building which can be exercised to June 25th next year.

5 September 2016

‘No permit is granted’. So ruled VCAT in its determination of 5 September 2016 on the London Hotel.

Since the hotel does not have heritage protection at this time, the Tribunal was not able to consider heritage issues. However, they canvassed the full range of issues raised by objectors in detail and weighed them up according to state and local planning policies.

The issue that led to the Tribunal’s decision to refuse the permit was the extent of overshadowing of the foreshore.

It is worth quoting from their determination:

  • “we find this impact of the proposal places it directly at odds with the key strategic outcomes sought by State and local policy because of the manner in which key components of the foreshore reserve would be compromised. (91)
  • The positive outcomes associated with this permit application are not, however, outweighed by the negative impacts upon the public and private realms that would result if this development is approved in its current form. We are not satisfied that the outcomes and design objectives of DDO1 are met nor State and local policies that emphasise the important civic role of the foreshore and its pathways. (171)
  • Most specifically, we find the extent of overshadowing of the foreshore (including the bicycle and pedestrian paths) and the loss of amenity to abutting dwellings, particularly No. 90 Beach Street, to be unacceptable impacts from the proposal.”(173)

VCAT reference No. P830/2016

Permit Application no. P1313/201

9 August 2016
At the Council meeting on 9th August, the Port Phillip Council resolved to write to Planning Minister Richard Wynne to request interim heritage controls for the London Hotel at 92 Beach Street on the basis of the Cultural Heritage Values Assessment report prepared by Context.

Context’s report contains a very interesting history of the changes to the Hotel and its context over time, as well as the methodology used for assessing the significance of the Hotel.

View the Council report and Context’s assessment.

24 May 2016

At the Port Phillip Council meeting this evening, members of the community made passionate representations to the Council to protect the London Hotel from demolition.

This motion moved by Cr Bernadene Voss was supported by all councillors

  1. Urgently requests the Minister for Planning to prepare and approve an amendment to the Port Phillip Planning Scheme, to apply an interim Heritage Overlay to the London Hotel site known as 92 Beach Street, Port Melbourne. 2.
  2. Immediately commission a detailed heritage assessment of the London Hotel site including: – A focus on the historic (Criterion A) and social values (Criterion G) of the place and how these historic and social values are embodied in the fabric of the building. – Advice on how significant elements of the building fabric should be retained and reused in any future proposal for the site.

16 May 2016


TAB Developments has lodged an application with VCAT due to a failure by Council to grant a permit within the prescribed time under section 79 of the Planning & Environment Act 1987. (VCAT Ref : P830/2016)

4 March 2016

Planning Application 1313/2015 relates to the London Hotel at 2 – 4 Beach St, Port Melbourne


The proposed works requiring a permit are:

‘Development of the land for an eight (8) storey mixed use building with basement car parking, comprising a restaurant on the ground floor (total 332 patrons) and associated restaurant and cafe liquor licence, and 32 dwellings above, a reduction in car parking requirements, and a waiver of the loading bay requirements’ (source: City of Port Philip Planning Permit Register)

Most regrettably, the site is not covered by a heritage overlay, nor does the building have its own citation of significance.

Therefore, no planning permit is required to demolish the building.



  1. Cameron Clare says

    This will not happen.

    We will not allow Port Melbourne to be turned into Docklands Mk. II.

    Stay tuned.

  2. Patricia Goldie says

    Is the Port Melbourne Preservation Society making an objection to the application to redevelop the London Hotel?

  3. Tim Mckew says

    Hi Tim Mckew here, have not the locusts destroyed enough of Port Melbourne’s architectural heritage, this is one of the few original buildings left, where my father ran his book and met with his mates after working on the wharves, what can we do to stop this action? Regards Tim

    • Janet Bolitho says

      Hi Tim
      Having such a strong personal connection with the London would make the idea of its demolition even harder to bear. Feeling in the area against the demolition is strong. Making your feelings known to the City of Port Phillip would help.

  4. gerhard correa says

    The latest on this matter is that the developer TAB Developments has now lodged an application with VCAT due to a failure by Council to grant a permit within the prescribed time under section 79 of the Planning & Environment Act 1987. (VCAT Ref : P830/2016) Objectors should receive correspondence from the applicant no later than 24th May 2016.

  5. Andy nanos says

    Gday as a very passionate history lover this really pisses me off a perfectly intact 100yr old building why destroy it and its history Victorias history in the ground and out of the ground should be saved for future generations id rather see a 100yr old building then apartments just so someone can make more money they destroy history …. just by lookin at it makes ya stop and think how lively it would of been during war time soldiers in and out were i live all the old houses are nearly gone by new houses now all that history gone doesnt make sense to destroy something that was there before you were i save a lot of history out of the ground before places get destroyed so i can tell its story even if its a hallmarked fork or a coin from 1800s someone still held it i really hope its saved

  6. Jodie Finger says

    I’ve just emailed every Port Phillip Councillor as well as Martin Foley MP stating my objections to the demolition of the London Hotel. I’ll be encouraging others to do the same.

  7. I am so saddened by this. I haven’t been to The London for years, but live within the City of Port Phillip and am tired of the council ruining what’s left of the area. I will email Martin Foley too but is there anything else we can do? Maybe a petition or something at least?

  8. My great grand father was publican there from 1873-1900. Hope it can be saved.

    • Janet Bolitho says

      Hi Sheree, Missed your comment earlier, sorry. Who was your great grand father? It would be great to learn more about him.

  9. fiona lawrie says

    I have been a Port Melbourne resident for 20 years I vehemently oppose the demolition of the London Hotel – this is a Port Melbourne landmark and gives character to what would otherwise be a bland landscape. How can a bank house have an overlay and not this building?

  10. Gerhard correa says

    The London Hotel was built circa 1861 for Thomas Monahan who was also the owner of Ripponlea and Quat Quatta. Monahan is a person of substantial historical and cultural significance in the City of Port Phillip and Victoria. He was a prominent hotelier and the London is probably the last of his hotels that are still standing, albeit in a modified form. That by itself is a good enough reason for it to be included in a heritage overlay under the planning scheme.

  11. Jeff Heller says

    This pub has nothing to do with architecture but everything to do with the history of the Old Port.
    First watering hole off the boat,meeting place of Locals,merchant seaman,Sailors,Immigrants,Wharfies and police officers.(With the P&D’s on Sunday)
    Without going into much great detail this place has the history seeping out of it’s pours.
    If you walk inside ,you feel it.
    I grew up with it.
    Lose it Now,Lose it Forever.

  12. Sally gibson says

    My great great great grandfather, John James Gibson, settled in Sandridge (now Port Melbourne) in 1860. He married there and had his family there, and worked as a Ships carpenter on the wharf. As he had come from London, on his own, I have no doubt the hotel would have been a central point of community life for him, with a name that reminded him of the the city he had left and would never see again. With his carpentry skills, he may well have been involved in its building. The hotel and any ‘redevelopment’ needs to honour this history. It has meaning to descendants now who still live in the area and are trying to sustain their broken links to their ancestry, having begun as migrants. The London Hotel should be the centre and heart of the area. Instead, it is almost impossible to believe there was no protection on it and it has been bought to make a killing on the corner lot.

Share Your Story


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comodo SSL