What do you do when your region’s population is expected to grow from 1.7 million to 2.2 million?You make a plan.
And that is exactly what the Western Australian Planning Commission have done. They have created the Burswood Peninsula District Structure Plan in order to provide a strategic framework for the planning, assessment, coordination and implementation of major development initiatives across the Burswood Peninsula. Their vision is to create an attractive, vibrant and sustainable urban setting, with a diverse mix of housing, recreation, entertainment, tourism and employment opportunities.
The structure plan was devised as a response to a report, Directions 2031 and Beyond, which revealed that the Perth and Peel region is experiencing a period of significant economic and population growth, and in less than 20 years the region would require 328,000 homes and 353,000 jobs to support 500,000 new residents.
“Burswood Peninsula is set to become one of the most important destinations in Perth and Western Australia,” WA Minister for Planning John Day said.
“While the Burswood Entertainment Complex, now Crown Perth, has long been an important drawcard to the area for locals and visitors, the remainder of the Peninsula has largely been used for relatively low key activities such as golf and horse racing.
“Together with the introduction of new public parklands and foreshore reserves, connected by an expanded network of pedestrian and cycle pathways, Burswood Peninsula will become one of the most enjoyable, attractive and accessible destinations in our city, and will offer a unique and memorable experience of contemporary urban life in Australian cities.”
The long term vision for Burswood Peninsula is to create an attractive, vibrant and sustainable urban setting, with a diverse mix of housing, recreation, entertainment, tourism and employment opportunities.
The Burswood DSP has defined seven residential and mixed-use neighbourhoods, each with its own character and combination of land uses:
Belmont Park is a new residential neighbourhood offering a range of dwelling sizes and types, including affordable housing situated between the Belmont Park Racecourse and the Swan River. Approved in 2013 with civil works beginning in 2014, Belmont Park is expected to include:
A new medium to high density transit-orientated neighbourhood, Belmont Station South will include approximately 1,300 new apartments and townhouses and become a mixed use precinct offering a proposed 120,000m2 of office and commercial space and 20,000m2 of retail and hospitality uses.
The new neighbourhood would be adjacent to the upgraded Belmont Park Railway Station and carry through the character of the Peninsula development providing a more appropriate, comfortable and secure environment for local residents.
A timeframe for Belmont Station South is reportedly yet to be determined.
Stadium South has the potential to accommodate a range of public or urban uses. Further detailed planning and investigation will be required to determine the appropriate land use mix for the precinct. In the meantime, the area will continue to be managed as parklands by the Burswood Park Board.
The neighbourhood provides opportunity for a primary school and sporting and recreation facilities.
Stadium South is primed for a network of new roads and pathways to provide increased public access to the precinct, as well as a generous setback from the rivers edge to provide a landscape buffer and contribute to the suite of riverfront parklands surrounding the Peninsula.
The Peninsula is a medium to high density residential neighbourhood currently being developed by Mirvac, who aim to set a new benchmark for residential development on Burswood Peninsula.
It is approximately 70 per cent complete with the remaining apartments and townhouses to be delivered over the next five years.
A series of apartment towers ranging from 12 to 21 storeys are being developed along a central arc through the site to maximise river and city views to the west. Medium density terrace, townhouse and low-rise apartment development occupies the remainder of the site, fronting a series of high quality public parks and landscaped spaces. The Peninsular is expected to house approximately 2,300 residents.
Burswood Station East & West
Planned as a comprehensive redevelopment of the land formerly occupied by the Burswood Dome and surrounding carpark, Burswood Station West is envisaged as a mixed residential, commercial and entertainment precinct with a high quality network of local roads, pathways and public spaces.
It is expected to include (approximately):
The Spring will be a medium to high density neighbourhood with close proximity to the Swan River, Great Eastern Highway and Graham Farmer Freeway. It will feature (approximately):
In July 2011, the State Government announced that Perth’s new multi-purpose stadium would be built on the Peninsula, and would be designed to accommodate 60,000 patrons, with the provision for future expansion up to 70,000 (or 80,000 if a sufficient business case is presented). Construction of the new Perth Stadium commenced in mid 2013, with the project due for completion in 2018.