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Key details

Location 
Corner of Burwood Highway and Scoresby Road, Knoxfield
Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country

Policy objective
Housing

Overview

We are creating a vibrant new neighbourhood in Knoxfield, with diverse housing and open recreational spaces for the community to enjoy as well as a thriving new wetlands.

The site at 609-621 Burwood Highway was formerly used as a Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) horticultural research facility. Development Victoria is revitalising the site to deliver much needed housing, open space as well as a mixed-use zone which could include such things as retail and other services for the community.

The new wetlands will improve the health of local waterways, including Blind Creek by ensuring the proper treatment of stormwater, which is not currently happening through the artificial dam. The wetlands will also provide a new purpose built and designed environment for local flora and fauna to thrive.

Planning permit application outcome

Following extensive development work and community consultation, we lodged permit applications which were refused by Knox City Council in 2022 for two stages of the residential subdivision and the proposed wetland.

In accordance with the Victorian Planning Scheme, we lodged an application with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) challenging the decision and participated in the VCAT process throughout 2023. 

We recognise the recent decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to direct that the Subdivision and Wetlands permits be granted. 

We will work closely with Knox City Council and other key stakeholders as we progress to the first phase of construction for the site, expected to commence in early 2025, subject to change and in line with recent approvals. We will continue to keep the local community informed as the project progresses.

We look forward to delivering much-needed homes, including affordable housing, improved stormwater and water quality as well as an enhanced wetland habitat and green open spaces for the community to enjoy. 

A vibrant new neighbourhood in Knoxfield


19.2ha project area

10% affordable housing proposed

1 mixed use area for small retail & community spaces

Timeline

2018
2019
  • First phase of community engagement - four focus groups held to understand the community's needs and wants for Knoxfield
2020
  • Draft master plan developed by project and consultant team, incorporating community feedback
  • Community engagement seeking feedback on the draft master plan
  • Community working group established 
2021
  • Planning application lodged for stages 1 and 2 subdivision and the wetland area
2022
  • Ongoing repair and maintenance work to the dam
2023
  • Participation in the VCAT hearings for the subdivision and wetlands utility installation planning permits – August to December 2023
2024
  • VCAT directs that the Subdivision and Wetlands permits be granted

2025
  • First phase of construction expected to commence, subject to change
2033
  • Construction expected to complete, subject to change

What we are doing

The site will deliver a diverse range of housing options close to jobs, services and transport. Housing will primarily be medium density townhouses with a range of two to four bedrooms.

It will also offer mixed-use development opportunities to benefit local residents, businesses and the wider community.

We are committed to: 

  • Delivering up to 10 percent affordable housing that is appropriate for the housing needs of Victorians on moderate incomes.
  • Participating in the Homes for Homes scheme which allows a voluntary tax deductable donation of the sale of participating homes towards building homes for individuals in need of shelter.
  • Committing to the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Communities rating tool for the site. Green Star Communities aims to provide national consistency and a common language around the definition of best practice sustainable communities.
  • Working towards delivering best practice and carbon neutrality across the site.  
  • Partnering with the Green Building Council of Australia to pilot its new Green Star Homes standard on the site. The standard is a key tool to drive transformation in the residential sector and create a market for healthier, more resilient, energy efficient homes.

We have a proven track record of delivering enhanced and thriving waterbodies throughout Victoria.

 

Central to the Knoxfield development will be an improved wetland area with an enhanced habitat for the endangered Blue-Billed duck and other local species. Learn more about the wetland. 

Location

The Knoxfield site is superbly  ideally located to local amenities and transportation with easy access to Burwood Highway and the Monash Freeway - as well as key bus links. It neighbours Fairhills High School and is within close proximity to a number of schools and TAFE campuses, the site offers excellent educational opportunities for local families. 

Importantly, the site provides direct access to Blind Creek with excellent pedestrian and cycle pathways to local amenities. Our goal is to embed these links within the site to create a connected and pedestrian friendly neighbourhood.  

Development Victoria acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the Traditional Custodians of the land.

Who to contact about this project

For more information about the project, community events or to provide feedback please contact us at
knoxfield@development.vic.gov.au or phone 03 8317 3400.

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Updated on 30 April 2024