Whitehorse City Council

Burwood Heights Activity Centre including Former Brickworks Site

Burwood Heights is a Major Activity Centre under Plan Melbourne 2017 - 2050, the Victorian Government’s metropolitan planning strategy released in May 2017.

Key sites in the Activity Centre include:

  • the 20.5 hectare former brickworks site on Middleborough Road, now owned by Frasers Property Australia);
  • the RSPCA site at the corner of Middleborough Road and Burwood Highway; and
  • the Burwood Heights Shopping Centre.

Overview

Burwood Heights Activity Centre Structure Plan

The Burwood Heights Activity Centre Structure Plan was prepared to guide future development and improvement of Burwood Heights. It established a vision for the Burwood Heights Activity Centre which was developed through consultation and reflects the aspirations of the community, Council and of other stakeholders.

In August 2006, Council adopted the Burwood Heights Activity Centre Structure Plan, completing a major milestone for the Activity Centre. The Structure Plan was finalised after review of community feedback on the Draft Plan in February 2006. The Victorian Government contributed funding to preparation of the Structure Plan.

The Structure Plan has since formed the basis of local planning policies in the Whitehorse Planning Scheme for the Activity Centre. More specific and detailed planning has been carried out for the former Brickworks Site (refer below).

Former Brickworks Site – 78 Middleborough Road, Burwood East

The 20.5ha Former Brickworks site near the north-east corner of Burwood Highway and Middleborough Road is a key site within the Burwood Heights Activity Centre.

The current land owner Frasers Property Australia has been actively pursuing its vision in recent years to develop the site for a mix of uses including a diversity of housing, a shopping centre, open spaces, new roads, pathways and other associated infrastructure. The dates of the site’s planning milestones are highlighted in the Chronology at the end of this page.

Your Say on Updated Development Plan - October 2018

Frasers Property want to change the approved Development Plan for the site by adding entertainment-related uses, such as a cinema to the mix of potential uses in the retail centre. Related changes to the approved Development Plan include:

  • updating the economic impact assessment based on a revised leasable floor space of 12,956m2 and the potential six screen cinema complex; and
  • refreshing the demographic information to include the 2016 census data.

The updated Development Plan is on display for community comment from 15 – 29 October 2018 and can be downloaded here:

You can also view the updated reports at the following locations:

  • RSPCA Information Desk, 3 Burwood Highway, Burwood East;
  • Eley Park Community Centre, 87 Eley Road, Blackburn South;
  • Bennettswood Neighbourhood House, 7 Greenwood Street, Burwood; and
  • Whitehorse City Council, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading.

The existing Development Plan is shown below for reference.

Approved Development Plan

An overall Development Plan for the site was approved by Council in July 2016 and endorsed earlier this year. The approved Development Plan is used to guide the development of the Former Brickworks and can be accessed below: 

Significant Planning Permits – Former Brickworks Site

Next steps involve planning permit applications for different stages of the development which will be assessed against the approved Development Plan and the Whitehorse Planning Scheme.  Below is a list of the significant Planning Permits issued for the site to date:

Planning Permit No.

Approval Date

Description

WH/2016/141

29/9/2016

Subdivision into three large lots
WH/2016/267 23/2/2017 Subdivision to create land for a future ‘Link road’ between Burwood Highway and Middleborough Road.
WH/2016/415 24/2/2017 Creation of three new intersections to Middleborough Road and Burwood Highway.
WH/2016/1179 7/4/2017 Subdivision of future development parcel at corner of Middleborough Road and proposed Link Road. Site for sales/display office site.
WH/2016/473 26/3/2018 Subdivision of larger parcels on Eley Road in preparation for their further subdivision into residential lots.
WH/2016/1154 27/3/2018 Subdivision of land fronting Eley Road into 16 residential lots.
WH/2016/1199 6/4/2018 Development of a new signalised intersection on Middleborough Road and an upgraded intersection on Burwood Highway for the proposed link road. Retaining wall to access road next to the RSPCA north boundary.
WH/1016/1143 26/4/2018 Apartment Buildings 1 and 2 (six storey) adjoining the proposed Urban Plaza, with a total of 137 one and two bedroom dwellings.
WH/2016/1206 23/5/2018 Shopping Centre development fronting Middleborough Road.
WH/2017/330 6/7/2018 Residential aged care and retirement village development fronting Burwood Highway.
WH/2017/52 13/7/2018 Staged subdivision and development of 85 medium density dwellings.
WH/2016/1173 17/8/2018 Apartment Building 3 (six storey) adjoining the proposed Urban Plaza, with a total of 60 one and two bedroom dwellings.
WH/2017/117 23/10/2018 Apartment Building 4 (six storey) adjoining the proposed Urban Plaza, with a total of 70 one and two bedroom dwellings and food and drink premises on the ground floor.

The project is due to commence in mid-2018 starting with construction of the shopping centre and associated infrastructure. The full site development is expected to be completed by 2025.

Planning Chronology

The following table summarises the key planning processes that have occurred in the Burwood East Activity Centre and in particular for the Former Brickworks site. 

DATE MILESTONE
2004 - 2006

Council prepared a Structure Plan for Burwood Heights, identified as a Major Activity Centre in Melbourne 2030 (the former strategy for metropolitan Melbourne).  The Structure Plan involved significant input from the community throughout the process.

Alongside Council’s Structure Planning process, the previous owners of the Former Brickworks site (Reading Properties) prepared a Framework Plan for major redevelopment of the site. The Framework Plan was endorsed by Council on 18 July 2005 and was the basis of subsequent planning scheme Amendment C63.

23 February 2006

Amendment C63 was approved by the Minister for Planning and rezoned the former Brickworks site to the Priority Development Zone, incorporating the Former Brickworks Site Framework Plan, 13 July 2005 and the Former Brickworks Site Building Height Plan, 13 July 2005, and various policy changes including new interim local policies for the Burwood Heights Activity Centre and for the Former Brickworks Site.  Find out more about the Amendment here.

21 August 2006 Council adopted the Burwood Heights Activity Centre Structure Plan June 2006, after review of community feedback on the Draft Plan in February 2006.    
18 February 2008 After consulting the community, Council approved an overall Development Plan for the Former Brickworks site as required under the planning controls, subject to conditions.  This Development Plan was later endorsed on 27 November 2008. Follow link to pdf icon Council Report (415.81kB).
1 October 2009 Amendment C92 approved a number of changes relating to the Burwood Height Major Activity Centre, such as replacing interim local planning policies for the Burwood Heights Major Activity Centre (Clause 22.13) and the Former Brickworks Site (Clause 22.14) with updated permanent policies consistent with the findings of the adopted Burwood Heights Activity Centre Structure Plan June 2006.  Find out more about the Amendment here.
May 2014 Australand purchased the Former Brickworks site from Reading Properties and commence a new planning process for the site.
20 October 2014 Council resolved to consult the community on Australand’s Burwood East Draft Masterplan and Urban Design Report and draft planning controls for the Former Brickworks site.

Follow link to Council Report here.
27 Oct - 28 Nov 2014 Australand’s Burwood East Draft Masterplan and Urban Design Report and draft planning controls for the Former Brickworks site are placed on display for community comment.
27 January 2015 The Council adopted the updated draft Burwood East Master Plan and Urban Design Report, January 2015 and resolved to support Australand’s request to the Minister for Planning to rezone the Former Brickworks Site to Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone and Commercial 1 Zone, update associated local policies and to apply a Development Plan Overlay to the site. 

Follow link to Council Report here.
23 March 2015 Australand lodges Amendment C170 with the Minister for Planning under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
31 August 2015 Australand is renamed to Frasers Property Australia.
10 September 2015 Amendment C170 was gazetted by the Minister for Planning. Find out more about the Amendment here.
14 December 2015 Council decides to place a Draft Development Plan for the Former Brickworks Site on display for community comment as required under the planning controls.

Follow link to Council Report here
1-19 February 2016 Draft Development Plan for Former Brickworks Site is exhibited.
18 July 2016 Following consideration of community comment, Council decides to approve the Development Plan, subject to conditions.

Follow link to Council Report here.
28 February 2018 Development Plan for the Former Brickworks Site is approved following direction from VCAT.  Links to the approved Development Plan are included above.