Sunshine Health, Wellbeing and Education Precinct
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in partnership with Brimbank City Council and state government agencies, has prepared a draft plan to guide development within the Sunshine Health, Wellbeing and Education Precinct (SHWEP).
SHWEP includes approximately 67 hectares of land in St Albans, centred on the Sunshine Hospital including the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The precinct is bounded to the north by Stony Creek, to the east and south by the M80 Western Ring Road and to the west by St Albans Road and the Sunbury railway corridor. The area is centred on the Sunshine Hospital and its existing transport corridors, including Ginifer Railway Station.
The plan will allow new land uses in some parts of the precinct, whilst enabling additional jobs in the health, wellbeing and education sectors, and improving the local streetscapes and environment.
A draft plan has been informed by background technical studies prepared in consultation with council and state government agencies and with input from a Strategic Plan Reference group. It will form the basis of a future planning scheme amendment to the Brimbank Planning Scheme, which will apply new zones and an infrastructure funding plan to ensure necessary transport and community infrastructure required for the precinct is delivered.
Draft land use and development plan
The draft plan shown in the Sunshine Health, Wellbeing & Education Precinct Newsletter (PDF) highlights how the Sunshine Health, Wellbeing and Education Precinct (SHWEP) can develop over future years. The plan will allow new land uses in some parts of the precinct, whilst enabling additional jobs in the health, wellbeing and education sectors, and improving the local streetscapes and environment.
Some of the key aims of the future precinct as outlined in the draft land use and development plan are to:
- Maintain the residential character of the neighbourhood as gradual residential growth occurs.
- Encourage mixed use development including health and community services.
- Provide an appropriate built-environment to facilitate a vibrant and economically viable precinct.
- Propose streetscape upgrades including Furlong Road to improve user friendliness, pedestrian and bicycle paths and traffic calming.
- Propose a new link road and intersections with Furlong Road and St Albans Road.
- Improve access and support growth to key health and education institutions including approximately. 150 new patient beds at the proposed Sunshine Private hospital.
- Allow transition of the industrial area to a business and commercial area creating additional job opportunities and enabling more activity and higher buildings.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is an independent statutory authority that reports to the Victorian Minister for Planning and acts as the state’s strategic planner.
The VPA’s main task is to make sure Melbourne and Victoria’s regions remain great places to live. This requires vision and long-term planning, to ensure Victorians have equitable access to employment, public transport, attractive public space and affordable housing for our growing population.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in partnership with Brimbank City Council and state government agencies, has prepared a draft plan to guide development within SHWEP.
Brimbank City Council are the planning authority and will ultimately endorse the plan and recommend it to the Minister for Planning for approval.
An infrastructure funding plan for infrastructure needed to realise the vision for the precinct such as transport and community infrastructure will form part of the future planning scheme amendment.
The draft plan will form the basis of a future planning scheme amendment to the Brimbank Planning Scheme, which will apply new zones and an infrastructure funding plan to ensure necessary transport and community infrastructure required for the precinct is delivered. It is proposed the area will be rezoned to Comprehensive Development Zone, with development to be generally in accordance with a Comprehensive Development Plan.
The plan and associated statutory documents will provide Council with a decision making framework to consider future planning permit applications. This will enable Council to manage the intensification and development of land for the purposes of creating an integrated health, wellbeing and education cluster.
Later this year, Brimbank City Council will consider exhibiting a planning scheme amendment to introduce new planning controls and a development plan for SHWEP. Community members and landowners will be invited to consider the planning scheme amendment and provide further input at this stage. More information on this will be available in the coming months.
How can I get involved?
Brimbank City Council’s website will have up-to-date information on the project as it progresses. You can stay involved and read more on their website at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/have-your-say/sunshine-health-wellbeing-and-education-precinct