Council will provide the Victorian Planning Authority with both community and Council feedback, to inform the draft Sunshine Health, Wellbeing and Education (SHWEP) Precinct Land Use and Development Plan.
Located just 15 km west from central Melbourne, and around the Sunshine Hospital, the SHWEP precinct is an established and growing area for medical, health, community, education and research services in Melbourne’s west.
The precinct is recognised in the metropolitan planning strategy ‘Plan Melbourne’ as one of 10 state significant health and education precincts across Melbourne poised for future growth.
A draft plan to guide the area’s development was prepared by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) in partnership with Brimbank City Council and state government agencies, and released by Council for comment in 2018.
The draft plan proposes to allow new land uses in some parts of the precinct, enabling additional jobs in the health, wellbeing and education sectors, and improving the appearance and amenity of streetscapes and including pedestrian and cycling movement.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said that it was important the future growth of the area takes place in a planned way and is informed by feedback from the local community.
“The SHWEP precinct has the potential to accommodate more than 7,200 jobs by 2051. This will mean a significant change to the intensity and type of land uses and development in the area.
“Having a strategic plan will provide the basis for a future amendment to our planning scheme. This will facilitate the growth and development of the precinct which will lead to greater employment opportunities and services for our community.
“Community feedback on the draft plan has been positive on the whole, and Council will provide the VPA with summary of the submissions received.
“Council is also providing its own feedback on the draft plan providing in principle support for the draft plan and proposed comprehensive development zone. Council is keen to ensure future provisions address amenity impacts, provide design guidance for future development, and that the draft plan improves accessibility and connectivity in the Precinct.
“Council has also highlighted the need for further work in relation to the proposed development contribution plan and overlay to fund some of the future infrastructure,” Cr Congreve said.
After the draft plan has been updated, draft planning controls will be prepared and presented to Council. If approved by Council, the community and stakeholders will have another opportunity to provide comment on the plan and draft controls during exhibition of a planning scheme amendment.
The SHWEP precinct covers approximately 67 hectares of land in St Albans, centred on the Sunshine Hospital including the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.