Bannockburn South East Precinct Structure Plan
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working in partnership with Golden Plains Shire to prepare a precinct structure plan for Bannockburn South East.
The precinct is located to the southeast of the existing Bannockburn township, approximately 16km north-west of Geelong. The precinct structure plan was put forward as a priority growth area in the Bannockburn Growth Plan to deliver residential development in the short term, and encompasses an area of 523ha bounded by the existing urban area to the north, the Future Growth Option to the east, the railway line to the south and Bruce’s Creek to the west.
The Bannockburn South East Precinct Structure Plan is expected to accommodate upwards of 3,700 dwellings, and will include provision for new open space networks, community facilities, schools, transport connections and a local activity centre.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) a Victorian Government statutory authority that plans for urban growth across Victoria. We report to the Minister for Planning.
The VPA’s main task is to make sure Melbourne and Victoria’s regions remain great places to live and work. This requires vision and long-term planning to ensure our growing population has equitable access to employment, public transport, attractive public spaces and affordable housing.
We do this by working closely with councils, government agencies and the planning and development community on integrated land use and infrastructure coordination for new communities and strategically important precincts.
The Minister for Planning has appointed the VPA to lead this project from conception to finalisation. Throughout the project, we will work closely with Golden Plains Shire Council, State Government agencies and local community members to ensure the plan considers and reflects their input.
A Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is a land use and infrastructure plan to guide the development of an area over time. It provides certainty for community members and developers by providing a long-term vision for how an area will develop in the future.
A PSP sets out the preferred locations of residential and employment land and infrastructure, and provides guidance for transport and parking, urban design, heritage and character, open spaces and integrated water management.
Together with the broader planning framework, precinct structure planning is an important part of the Victorian Government’s strategy to address population growth, housing and employment demands.
Bannockburn is one of the fastest growing towns in regional Victoria. The population is expected to reach more than 13,000 people by 2036, but there’s a shortage of land available to develop for new houses. The Precinct Structure Plan will provide an integrated plan to accommodate this growth in the short term in a sustainable matter, and will ensure this growth is coordinated with needed services, infrastructure and community facilities.
Bannockburn is the largest town in Golden Plains Shire. The Victorian Government and Council see it as an ideal place to support Golden Plains’ growing population, thanks to its existing infrastructure and amenity.
The Bannockburn South East Precinct was defined and put forward as a priority growth area as part of the work conducted for the Bannockburn Growth Plan. The Growth Plan sets out a vision for the long-term growth of Bannockburn and includes preliminary outcomes and high level planning work that will be used to guide the development and direction of the Bannockburn South East Precinct Structure Plan.
Project Status Updates – October 2022
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has been progressing the planning for Bannockburn South East.
Since our last update we have continued to investigate site constraints and opportunities including hosting a Co-design Workshop with Golden Plains Shire Council (Council), relevant state agencies, and landowners. Using the feedback from the Workshop, we have published new documents that will guide the planning for Bannockburn South East PSP:
- Bannockburn South East PSP – Pitching Sessions Summary – May 2022 (PDF)
- Bannockburn South East PSP – Vision & Purpose Summary – August 2022 (PDF)
- Bannockburn South East PSP – Co-Design Workshop – Mural (Edited) October 2022 (PDF)
In the coming months we will be focused on completing the Place Based Plan in preparation for public consultation early next year.