About the project
The Holland Court part of the site, known as the 'walk-ups', was built in the 1960s, and are no longer suitable for the current needs of Victoria’s social housing tenants and families.
Before the demolition works, there were 198 dwellings on the Holland Court part of the Flemington site. Under the new development, they will be replaced by at least 218 new social housing homes in the first stage of construction, on land formally occupied by the walk-up flats.
The redevelopment may be done in stages. This will ensure a considered and appropriate design response to building increased social and private housing on the site, which will help fund the project and create more diverse communities.
The new homes will be modern and accessible, safe, secure and energy efficient, and built to meet the needs of tenants today and into the future.
When fully completed, the project will include:
- A 4,000sqm centrally located park
- Potential for a new community garden on the site
- An off-road bicycle path along the Racecourse Road side
- Space for an artist to live and work on site
- Design that encourages and maximises sight lines
- As many trees as possible to be retained on the site and where removal is necessary, significant trees will be replaced on a two-to-one ratio.
Town planning history
In 2017, the department undertook a town planning process (known as a planning scheme amendment) for the site to be redeveloped.
This involved community consultation on an indicative design during the planning scheme amendment process.
As part of this process, the Minister for Planning established the independent Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee to review and make recommendations on design parameters for the redevelopment. This included building heights, setbacks and open space.
The Minister for Planning approved Planning Scheme Amendment C177 to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme in March 2018.
You can view the details of the amendment, the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee report and other relevant documents on the Victorian Government planning website.
Demolition works are being done in collaboration with contracted demolition specialists.
The health, safety and wellbeing of surrounding residents and site contractors is a high priority for the department, with measures in place to make sure all works are carried out to the highest safety standards.
Contractors will work across the site methodically, ensuring all works cause the least possible disturbance to residents and local businesses.
The department will notify renewal site tenants, local residents and businesses as works commence on the site. All demolition works are carried out by adhering to the highest environmental standards to protect public health and safety.
Community engagement is an important element of the Public Housing Renewal Program. The department has established a Consultative Committee for the renewal of the Flemington site.
The committee is chaired by Danny Pearson MP – State Member for Essendon, and deputy chaired by Ms Ingrid Stitt MP – Western Metropolitan Region.
The committee brings together important community members and representatives of local organisations to provide advice on the redevelopment of the site. It enables ongoing and two-way feedback by participating with stakeholders and the community.
Members of the committee provide advice and feedback on redevelopment plans and identify local issues and matters of concern as they arise. Members will provide input and communicate back to their communities to support the successful delivery of the project.
Meet the Chair
Danny Pearson MP tells us about himself and his motivations for chairing the Flemington Consultative Committee in his biography:
The latest community newsletter has updates on the progress of this important redevelopment project in Flemington:
- Holland Court, Flemington redevelopment site newsletter – May 2020 (PDF)
- Holland Court, Flemington redevelopment site newsletter – May 2020 - accessible (Word)
More information and contact
Project contact: Holly O’Connell-Paladino, Senior Project Manager email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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