Flemington Public Housing Estate Renewal

We are working with the State Government's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on a project to renew the Flemington Housing Estate and surrounding Debneys Park Precinct.

The first stage of the project, led by DHHS, seeks to replace walk up buildings with new and increased social housing units and introduce private housing, along with other measures to improve the amenity and security of the area.

The second stage of the project, anticipated next year, will include upgrades to Council land in the surrounding Debneys Park area to address anticipated community needs for sport, recreation, open space and other community infrastructure.

Flemington Estate renewal consultation

Consultation has started on the State Government's proposal to renew Flemington Public Housing Estate.

The proposal is in the form of a Planning Scheme Amendment to change the planning provisions for the Debneys Precinct; the DHHS-owned Flemington Public Housing Estate and surrounding Council-owned land around Debneys Park.

About the planning scheme amendment

The proposed planning changes are:

  1. Rezone DHHS land from General Residential 1 to Mixed Use Zone to enable the delivery of new public and private dwellings and other complimentary land uses on the Flemington Public Housing Estate.
  2. Apply a Development Plan Overlay to DHHS land which requires State Government to develop a more detailed development plan, or master plan, for their land at a later stage.
  3. Apply a Parking Overlay which proposes to reduce the amount of required residential car parking on the Flemington Public Housing Estate due to its proximity to services and public transport.
  4. Apply the Debneys Precinct Structure Plan, also out for community feedback, which provides a framework for future development within the Debneys Precinct and ensuring the best integration between DHHS and Council land.
  5. Make the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for the whole Debneys Precinct.
  6. Fix two zoning anomalies within the precinct.

For full details of the planning scheme amendment and all documents, visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website.

Hard copies of the full amendment are available for viewing at Ascot Vale, Flemington and Sam Merrifield Libraries, Flemington Community Centre and the Civic Centre.

How to find out more

DELWP has produced an information sheet.

DHHS information sessions

In addition to the three information sessions DHHS held in June, they are running translator-supported information sessions to help residents understand the process for submissions:

Chinese, Vietnamese and Turkish language support

  • Monday, 10 July from 5pm to 7pm
    Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington
  • Friday, 14 July from 9am to 11am
    Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

Somali, Oromo, Tigrinya and Arabic language support

  • Wednesday, 12 July from 5pm to 7pm
    Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington
  • Monday, 17 July from 3pm to 5pm
    Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

Council information sessions

To help residents understand the process and make a submission, we are also holding two information sessions:

  • Wednesday, 12 July from 5pm to 8pm
    Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington
  • Wednesday, 19 July from 5pm to 8pm
    Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

Interpreters will be available at both sessions.

Making a submission

Council will be putting in a written submission as part of the consultation and encourages the community to do the same by the deadline of 5pm on Friday, 21 July.

To make a written submission online, visit DELWP's website

We will also be organising a drop-in session (with interpreters) to assist residents in putting together their submission and hear their views in order to inform our own. Details will be available asap.

What happens next

The Minister for Planning has appointed the independent Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee to provide advice on the suitability of the planning proposals to renew and redevelop Victoria’s public housing estates and increase social housing.

The Advisory Committee Public Hearings take place during the week of 11 September 2017 and everyone who has made a submission will be invited to talk to their submission, if they wish to do so.

The Advisory Committee will consider all submissions and address all matters set out in its Terms of Reference in a final report, to be delivered to the Minister for Planning in October 2017.

Key dates

  • Exhibition period: Monday, 26 June to 5pm on Friday,  21 July 2017
  • Directions Hearing: 15 August 2017
  • Public Hearings: week of 11 September 2017
  • Advisory Committee Report due to Minister for Planning: October 2017

For more information visit the DELWP or DHHS websites.

Last updated: Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 9:36 AM