Overview

The renewal of Bangs Street, Prahran will replace old housing with well designed, attractive homes that will improve the local area.

The design of the new site incorporates input from the community and will feature modern sustainable design with improved open space and other features that everyone can enjoy.

There have been a number of improvements to the design principles in response to feedback from the community, council and other stakeholders.

The revised design will deliver 445 new homes at Prahran: The project provides:

  • A 90% increase in social housing on the site
  • Market rental housing options and specialist disability accommodation
  • improved open spaces and a new 1,500m² central park
  • better pedestrian connections through the site into the wider community
  • a community room, café and commercial spaces for social enterprise
  • solar panels, 5 Star Green Star and 7 Star average NatHERS rating

Engagement so far

We've consulted the community, key stakeholders and local council through 3 phases of this project.

The Minister for Planning introduced the Development Plan Overlay (DPO) into the Stonnington Planning Scheme in June 2011.

The DPO applies to the Horace Petty, Bangs Street, Essex Street and King Street public housing sites.

In September 2011, we started a master planning process for public housing renewal in Prahran, involving significant engagement with the community and key stakeholders.

Project priorities identified by community focused on:

  • improving integration of the site with the local community
  • improving quality and quantity of housing
  • improving access to local services, amenities and public transport
  • providing additional opportunities for social interaction, leisure, recreation and community programs.

Over 200 people participated, including public housing residents.

We used community feedback to develop a series of draft masterplans to present to the community for consultation, review and evaluation.

In 2014, we received feedback from 346 community members on the draft masterplans.

Feedback received was used to refine the masterplan priorities to:

  • improve open space
  • provide better pedestrian connection through the sites into wider community
  • integrate better with surrounding streets
  • minimise the stigma that residents of the site experience.

In 2015, we presented the finalised masterplans to the community for feedback. Over 170 people participated in the engagement activities.

We revised the development plan in response to the feedback on the masterplans.

The development plan and masterplan were approved by the Minister for Planning in December 2016.

Community committee

In October 2018, we established a community committee chaired by Judith Klepner and co-chaired by Nina Taylor MP to seek ongoing advice and feedback from the local community on redevelopment plans and identify local issues and matters.

Have your say

We have developed a design solution that is generally in accordance with design parameters set out in the approved Development Plan. The design proposal has been developed in consultation with the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, to achieve a high quality design response. You can explore the design below.

In July 2021, we asked for community feedback to put the final touches on the design. While many of the fundamental matters have already been settled, like the heights of the buildings, we asked for feedback on the design elements that could still be influenced.

Our online survey was open from 1 July until midnight on 22 July 2021. We also conducted 2 online community sessions during this period. Thank you to everyone who has contributed feedback.

Next steps

We’ll consider your feedback as we refine the final designs. The final designs will be part of the planning application submitted to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Following the outcomes of the planning approval process, we’ll start construction in late 2021.

Proposed design

Artist impressions

Site plan

Landscape plan

Map showing the new development in Prahran

Elevation designs

Shadow diagrams

Heights and setbacks

Parking

Technical report summary