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 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).
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.
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:
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:
The existing Development Plan is shown below for reference.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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