The Markham Avenue Estate is being redeveloped by Development Victoria on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to renewing and increasing public housing in Victoria.
The 56 units previously located on site were in poor condition, with only 12 habitable, and all were demolished in January 2016.
This redevelopment will deliver new public housing, including 10 per cent more than previously existed on the site. It will provide 62 one and two-bedroom apartments, which are in highest demand in the area and will predominantly feature living accommodation.
The development will also create new private housing that will provide greater housing diversity in Ashburton to give first-home buyers and downsizers opportunity to make their home in Ashburton.
Community and stakeholder engagement
Development Victoria conducted community engagement to understand public views on the proposed development.
The key issues highlighted by the community included the design of the development, height and density, the planning process, traffic and parking and neighbourhood context.
On 5 October 2017, the Minister for Planning gazetted an Incorporated Document (planning approval) for the site. The approved scheme has been revised and features:
- A reduction in the number of dwellings within the development from 252 to 225;
- Increased setback along the eastern boundary from 2.3m to 11m;
- Increased setback along the southern boundary from 1.8m to 11m;
- Reductions in building heights of between one and two storeys;
- No above ground carparking – all parking underground;
- Improved pedestrian/vehicle access for both the public and residents;
- Increased opportunities for hard and soft landscaping throughout the scheme and deep planting along all boundaries;
- 23 social housing units to be fully integrated through the site; and
- 39 supported living units in a dedicated building.
Some original design elements have been retained such as rainwater harvesting for the community garden and a permeable design that allows residents and the public to move through the site.