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.
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. Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 1 Development Plan Report 14 December 2015 (9.89MB) Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2i Integrated Transport Plan 14 December 2015 (11.77MB) Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2ii Community Infrastructure Assessment 14 December 2015 (2.98MB) Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2iii Economic Impact Assessment Sept 2015 14 December 2015 (4.04MB) Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2iv Engineering Servicing and Stormwater Management 14 December 2015 (11.58MB) Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2vi Retail Design Report 14 December 2015 (2.51MB) Draft Development Plan - 78 Middleborough Rd Burwood East Vol 2vii Landscape Public Realm and Open Space Plan 14 December 2015 (15.20MB) 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:
Feedback closes on Friday 19 February 2016.
To provide feedback, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Burwood Brickworks Have Your Say Flyer (722.86kB) for more information about display of the Draft Development Plan. For more information email email@example.com or phone Council on 9262 6303.
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.
Burwood Heights Activity Centre Structure Plan A.pdf (4.11MB) 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.
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.
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:
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.
At its meeting on 20 October 2014, Council decided to consult with the community on a draft masterplan and draft planning controls.
The Australand Burwood East Former Brickworks Draft Masterplan and Urban Design Report.pdf (9.87MB) and 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 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).
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:
As part of its proposal Frasers sought a planning scheme amendment (Amendment C170) to reflect the master plan by:
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.
For more information, any questions or to be kept informed about the project:
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