Overview

As part of the Big Housing Build, we’re delivering more homes for more Victorians.

We‘re planning to build 144 new social and affordable homes at 147 - 161 Elizabeth Street, North Richmond.

In addition to new homes, the project will deliver new pedestrian connections and open spaces where the community can meet.

We are working closely with the local community to build a positive future for North Richmond.

Community engagement

The North Richmond community has been actively involved in helping shape the Big Housing Build project on Elizabeth Street through a series of workshops, surveys, and community forums.

In September and October 2021, we asked the community and key stakeholders for feedback on the early designs for the new homes we are planning.

A total of 55 community members participated in online workshops and an online survey, with 60 per cent of respondents being local residents.

What we have heard

Respondents said they were “impressed“ with the quality of the designs, and our commitment to energy efficiency in modern, comfortable homes.

Most respondents wanted to find out more about the height of buildings. This information is part of the plans and drawings in this round of consultation, along with information about shadowing, floor plans and community areas.

Respondents suggested a range of possible community uses for the ground floor area in the buildings. This round of consultation will ask for further feedback on what people want to see in these spaces.

Respondents told us they were very comfortable with how streets and buildings were designed to integrate with the existing site and surrounding neighbourhood.

Safety remains a top priority of our respondents.

A majority of respondents were comfortable that the plans address safety issues. They also felt that new open spaces and play areas would increase activity and the feeling of a local neighbourhood.

Respondents felt that the plans would improve connection with the surrounding North Richmond area.

Community members told us that they were interested in open and community spaces where they could socialise and that had all ages play areas. They also told us they wanted to see more seating, sporting and recreation facilities, and safe places to walk.

Other suggestions for open spaces included an area with outdoor gym equipment, a community garden, spaces for community events, a community notice board, and improved facilities for sports such as basketball, mini golf, and baseball.

Big Housing Build Snapshot - Elizabeth Street, North Richmond

  • More than 140 new social and affordable homes
  • A mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom homes that are energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable homes
  • All new homes will have a minimum Silver rating from Liveable Housing Australia
  • At least 5 per cent of the new social housing homes will be easy to access for Victorians with disabilities
  • Ground floors of each building will be designed for non housing use to provide greater amenity, and opportunities for activation and social and economic inclusion.

How to get involved

In November and December 2021, we asked for community feedback to put the final touches on the design and planning documents.

We asked you how comfortable you were that the proposed plans:

  • Improve safety and make people feel welcome
  • Improve streets and paths
  • Build comfortable, well-designed, and energy-efficient homes
  • Improve community and open spaces
  • Create a sense of a local neighbourhood
  • Celebrate diversity and local communities.

Our online survey was open from 24 November until 11.59pm on 14 December 2021. We also conducted a community webinar during this period. Thank you to everyone who has contributed feedback.

You can still explore our proposed development plans.

Next steps

Your feedback will be used by our project team to help shape final designs and plans.

At the conclusion of this round of consultation, we will provide the community with a report into what we heard and what we are doing in response to feedback.

Once we confirm the final designs, we will submit a planning application to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.