Rogue developers who ignored a heritage overlay and demolished a 159-year-old pub in Melbourne are now trying to avoid rebuilding it.

Lawyers for the developers called an order to rebuild the Corkman Irish Pub “vague, imprecise and incapable of being complied with” in a document filed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Planning Minister Richard Wynne ordered the developers to rebuild the pub, which was illegally demolished in October, and…