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Former School Sites

Questions and Answers

What is happening with the three former school sites?

The Victorian State Government, through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, which is now known as the Department of Education, closed the three former school sites and then sold them to Banyule Council in August 2013. The former school sites were once known as:

Council’s decision to buy the school sites enables the community to gain ownership of important community facilities including the former Banksia-La Trobe Basketball/Netball Stadium and new public open space in Heidelberg Heights.

When it bought the three sites, Council’s intention was, subject to community support and appropriate planning permits, to redevelop each site.

What about educational needs in the area?

While Council is not responsible for delivering primary, secondary and tertiary education, it strongly supports improving, enhancing and providing more educational facilities within Banyule and will continue to advocate this position. The Victorian State Government is the lead agency for education. Any residents who share Council’s concern about local education are encouraged to contact the Victorian State Government through their local Member of Parliament.

How will the school sites be developed?

Each of the three former school sites is different in terms of geography, physical characteristics and local surrounds. Careful planning is therefore required to respond to existing site conditions, local context and community needs. While most of the land has been set aside for medium density residential use and future refurbishment of the basketball/netball stadium, there are complementary uses that can be considered for the Banksia-Latrobe Secondary site including local retail and/or commercial land uses.  This planning needs to be done in the context of nearby landholdings and other neighbouring sites.

Visit Related Information located on the top right hand corner of this page for more information.

What zoning applies to these sites?

The former school sites have been rezoned Residential Growth Zone (RGZ) .These sites are considered strategic infill sites and this zoning will support the proposed medium density housing. The proposed stadium precinct site has been zoned Public Use Zone Local Government (PUZ). It is important to remember that any development will still need to be assessed on its merits via planning permit application processes.

What is medium density housing?

Medium density housing will typically consist of a range of housing types. These may include single and double storey detached and semi-detached townhouses and terrace homes. It may also include some smaller units and low-rise apartment living in appropriate locations such as the Banksia Street precinct. This variety in housing will appeal to a broader range of people and encourage diversity and respond to differing community needs. Purchasers of new homes will include new home buyers, second and third home buyers, empty nesters, small and large families. Lot sizes also need to respond to increasing land supply costs and maintaining affordability for new home buyers. New house lots will therefore be smaller than the more traditional older lots in the surrounding area.

Will there be any community engagement?

Yes – Banyule Council is keeping the local community informed of plans for future development through a combination of letter drops, community meetings, media releases and updates on our website. Comments, questions and feedback are always welcome. Stay tuned via the Related information section at the top right of this page for upcoming sessions.

What about car parking?

Council will ensure that adequate parking is provided. Any new development will provide dedicated off-street car parks and adequate visitor parking as well as using existing streets surrounding the sites. The development of specific traffic assessments will also take place during the planning permit application stages.

Will the existing trees be retained?

Trees contribute to neighbourhood character and soften the visual impact of buildings. Trees of high retention value have been retained wherever possible and will be incorporated into plans for each site.

What is the likely front setback of new homes to existing streets?

Front setbacks to new buildings are important because setbacks provide space for establishing front gardens and for growing trees. For this reason, development proposals will have regard to the existing setbacks in the street and allow for retention of existing high value trees where ever possible.

Who should I speak to if I have more questions?

If you have a question or want to speak to someone, call Michael Hutchison, School Sites Redevelopment Project Coordinator, on 9490 4222 or email Michael at michael.hutchison@banyule.vic.gov.au.

More information

To view concept drawings and community updates refer to Related information.

 

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