The renewal of New Street, Brighton 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 in response to feedback from the community, council and other stakeholders.

The revised design will deliver 299 new homes at Brighton and includes:

  • a 19% increase in social housing on the site
  • market rental and specialist disability housing
  • reduced proposed building heights
  • 2000m² central open space centred around the existing trees
  • community garden plots and facilities
  • community pavilion and café
  • a shared pedestrian spine connecting New St/Rusden St and Brickwood St
  • solar panels, 5 Star Green Star and 7 Star average NatHERS rating

Have your say

We have developed a design solution in accordance with the design parameters and controls set out in the Development Plan Overlay and Bayside Planning Scheme. 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.

Read how community feedback and key insights have been used to inform the planning permit application and designs in our consultation report.

Early engagement

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

In April 2017, we started the conversation with the community, key stakeholders and council.

We identified areas for improvement on the site and homes, and the values and aspirations of the residents for their community.

Over 70 people, including residents of the New Street site and stakeholders provided us with input and ideas.

We used community feedback to develop draft sketch plans for the redevelopment to form the basis of the phase two consultation.

In June 2017, we went out to the community again.

We used the draft sketch plan to ask for feedback on indicative building heights, massing and layouts as well as the location of open spaces.

A total of 120 people participated in the consultation including estate residents, neighbouring residents, local business owners and service providers.

Feedback received resulted in design changes that minimised the impact of the build by reducing heights and overshadowing and providing increased open space and a high level of amenity.

We used your feedback on the draft sketch plans to propose a design framework that was referred to the independent Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee for advice on the future planning controls in September 2017.

We exhibited the design framework, development plan overlay, and other supporting technical reports for public consultation from September to December 2017.

The Advisory Committee held a number of public hearings to consider views of all stakeholders. The public notification resulted in 126 submissions received and considered by the Advisory Committee.

During this process the proposed design framework and planning controls were revised on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee in response to stakeholder feedback.

The Minister for Planning considered the recommendations of the Advisory Committee and approved the implementation of the Development Plan Overlay and new planning controls into the Bayside Planning Scheme in March 2018.

Community committee

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

Next steps

The development plan and planning permit application has been lodged with the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning.

Following the outcomes of the planning approval process, we’ll start construction in early 2022.

Proposed design

Artist impressions

Site plan

Landscape plan (north)

Map showing what we're providing in the northern part of the new Brighton development.

Landscape plan (south)

Map showing the southern part of the new Brighton development

Elevation designs

Shadow diagrams

Development plan overlay

Map showing the development plan overlay. The development site is located between Rusden Street (north), the houses along Rusden Street, Salisbury Street, Airlie Street and Brickwood Street (east), Brickwood Street (south) and Elster Creek (west). Elstern
Precinct Maximum building height
1 6 storeys
2 3 storeys
3 4 storeys

Development plan overlay response

​Diagram showing the permitted heights according to the planning scheme and the design response with the proposed heights.  Precinct 1 runs along the south-western side of the site and covers around 2/3 of the width (east-west). 6 storeys are permitted in



Map showing the connections in the new development plan. A shared internal pedestrian links runs between Rusden Street and Brickwood Street on the north-eastern side of the site. 2 Internal connections run east to west between Elster Canal and Salisbury S


Map showing the access point to the buildings in the new development

Technical report summary