Whitehorse City Council

Burwood Heights Activity Centre and Former Brickworks Site

Burwood Heights is an Activity Centre under Plan Melbourne, the Victorian Government’s metropolitan planning strategy released in May 2014.

Key sites in the Activity Centre include a 20.5 hectare former brickworks site on Middleborough Road, the RSPCA site at the corner of Middleborough Road and Burwood Highway, and the Burwood Heights Shopping Centre.

Community Consultation on the Burwood East former brickworks
Draft Development Plan – February 2016

The community is invited to comment on the Burwood East former brickworks Draft Development Plan (see documents below).

The Draft Development Plan is the next stage in planning for this major redevelopment site and expands on the masterplan adopted by Council in January 2015 by providing more detail about the proposal. 

The adopted masterplan was used to prepare new planning controls (Amendment C170), which were approved by the Minister for Planning in September 2015.  The new planning controls require a Development Plan to be approved before planning permits can generally be granted to develop the site. This will enable future planning permit applications that are consistent with an approved Development Plan and the new planning controls to be considered without advertising to the community.

A Draft Development Plan prepared by Frasers Property Australia (formerly Australand) was lodged with Council in October 2015. The Draft Development Plan for the site proposes a mix of housing, a shopping centre, open spaces, a new road network and pedestrian links. 

At its meeting on 14 December 2015, Council decided to place the Draft Development Plan on display for community comment as required under the planning controls.

View the Draft Development Plan from 1-19 February 2016 by downloading the documents below.

pdf icon  Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 1 Development Plan Report 14 December 2015 (9.89MB)
pdf icon  Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2i Integrated Transport Plan 14 December 2015 (11.77MB)
pdf icon  Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2ii Community Infrastructure Assessment 14 December 2015 (2.98MB)
pdf icon  Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2iii Economic Impact Assessment Sept 2015 14 December 2015 (4.04MB)
pdf icon  Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2iv Engineering Servicing and Stormwater Management 14 December 2015 (11.58MB)
pdf icon  Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2vi Retail Design Report 14 December 2015 (2.51MB)
pdf icon  Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2vii Landscape Public Realm and Open Space Plan 14 December 2015 (15.20MB)
pdf icon  Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East-Vol 2v ESD Strategy 14 December 2015 (5.09MB)

Hard copies of the Draft Development Plan will be on display at:

  • Council Customer Service Centres in Nunawading, Box Hill and Forest Hill 
  • Municipal libraries in Box Hill, Blackburn, Vermont South and Nunawading 
  • RSPCA Information Desk, 3 Burwood Highway, Burwood East
  • Eley Park Community Centre, Eley Road, Blackburn South
  • Bennettswood Neighbourhood House, 7 Greenwood Street, Burwood

Feedback closes on Friday 19 February 2016.

To provide feedback, email burwood.heights@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or write to Allison Egan, Coordinator Strategic Planning, Whitehorse City Council, Locked Bag 2, Nunawading Delivery Centre 3131.

Council will consider the community's feedback before deciding on whether to approve the Development Plan. If approved, the Development Plan will guide future planning permit applications for each stage of this major development and assessment of those applications. 

Download pdf icon  Burwood Brickworks Have Your Say Flyer (722.86kB) for more information about display of the Draft Development Plan. For more information email burwood.heights@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or phone Council on 9262 6303. 

Background 

Burwood Heights Activity Centre Structure Plan

In August 2006, Council adopted the Burwood Heights 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.

pdf icon  Burwood Heights Activity Centre Structure Plan A.pdf (4.11MB)
pdf icon  Burwood Heights Activity Centre Structure Plan B.pdf (1.76MB)

The Structure Plan has guided future improvement of the Activity Centre and development of the key sites in the area. Local planning policies for the wider Burwood Heights Activity Centre and specifically for the former brickworks site were also created during this time. 

Former Brickworks Site

Concurrent with Council’s Structure Plan, the previous owners of the former brickworks site planned a major redevelopment of the site, proposing a ‘lifestyle / leisure’ based retail, commercial and entertainment destination including cinema and 700 dwellings across the site, with buildings up to 9-storeys to the centre of the site. This resulted in a concept plan, subsequent rezoning of the land to the Priority Development Zone and approval of an overall development plan in 2008.  

The site has remained vacant since this time. 

In May 2014, Australand (now known as Frasers Property Australia) purchased the former brickworks site and started to prepare new plans for its redevelopment. Frasers is proposing 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.  

Proposal for the Former Brickworks Site

The Masterplan

Fraser’s Vision for the site is guided by three interrelated ideas: Local – Activated – Place.

A master plan has been prepared to guide the development. Main features include:

  • Remediation to make the site ready for development (largely completed)
  • Up to 950 dwellings for around 2000 new residents
  • A tree-lined boulevard linking Burwood Highway and Middleborough Road
  • A range of housing types from detached homes through to low rise apartment buildings
  • Two-storey buildings near existing residential areas and up to 6-storeys toward the centre of the site
  • A shopping centre with approximately 10,530 square metres of leasable floorspace including a supermarket, specialty shops and civic plaza to create a ‘retail and social hub’
  • Public spaces including a large central open space connecting to the civic plaza and a series of smaller parks
  • A network of pedestrian and bicycle paths, and new local roads. 

Subject to approval and site remediation, the development is planned to commence in 2016 and be undertaken in a number of stages with completion anticipated in 2023.   

Community Consultation in October/November 2014

At its meeting on 20 October 2014, Council decided to consult with the community on a draft masterplan and draft planning controls.

The pdf icon  Australand Burwood East Former Brickworks Draft Masterplan and Urban Design Report.pdf (9.87MB) and pdf icon  Australand Burwood East Former Brickworks Draft Summary Report.pdf (7.19MB) were on display for community comment from Monday 27 October to Friday 28 November 2014.

The pdf icon  Burwood East Former Brickworks Site Information Brochure.pdf (4.05MB) provides an overview of the project and the consultation undertaken by Council.

Please note that the draft Masterplan has been updated following feedback received during the community consultation (refer below).

Council adopts Masterplan, January 2015

All feedback received during the consultation period was considered by Council at its meeting on 27 January 2015. The report to Council includes a summary of the feedback received. At this meeting Council decided to:

  1. Adopt the updated draft Burwood East Master Plan and Urban Design Report, January 2015 for the former brickworks site … subject to further review of the proposed open space network to Council’s satisfaction.
  2. Support a request by Australand to the Minister for Planning to consider and approve an amendment to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 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, ...
  3. Initiate an overarching ‘heads of agreement’ with Australand … on the construction, future delivery, ownership, maintenance and management responsibilities for public assets proposed in the development.”

Planning Controls

As part of its proposal Frasers sought a planning scheme amendment (Amendment C170) to reflect the master plan by: 

  • Rezoning the former brickworks site to primarily Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone generally along the northern and eastern edges of the site and Commercial 1 Zone for the proposed shopping centre.
  • Adding a Development Plan Overlay to ensure the desired development outcomes contained in the master plan are achieved and that future planning applications that are generally in accordance with an approved Development Plan and the planning controls can be considered without advertising to the community.
  • Updating the existing local planning policies in the planning scheme.

Frasers sought to streamline the planning scheme amendment process by requesting the Minister for Planning to approve the amendment under Section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. An amendment approved under Section 20(4) is not required to go through a public exhibition and independent panel process. 

Frasers lodged Whitehorse Planning Scheme Amendment C170 with the Minister for Planning in March 2015. The amendment was gazetted on 10 September 2015 and new planning controls are now in place.

Questions

For more information, any questions or to be kept informed about the project: 

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