Australian Capital Territory

Development application lodged for Red Hill Public Housing Precinct Redevelopment in Canberra

AN estate development plan for the former Red Hill public housing precinct, produced in consultation with the local community, has been lodged as a development application, Urban Renewal Minister Mick Gentleman announced last week.

The plan for the site adjacent to the Red Hill shops allows for a maximum of 252 dwellings, consisting of 108 single residential blocks of various sizes as well as between 83 and 144 multi-unit dwellings.

Artist's impression of for Red Hill Public Housing Precinct Redevelopment
Above: Artist's impression of for Red Hill Public Housing Precinct Redevelopment / ACT Government.

According to the Minister, three community workshops that included representatives from the Inner South Community Council, Red Hill Residents Group, Red Hill Action Group, Pedal Power and Red Hill Primary School helped shape the plan for the site that will be developed as part of the government's urban renewal program.

"The Red Hill community's input through a number of workshops has helped create an estate development plan that will provide the opportunity for a variety of housing options and high-quality public spaces," Mr Gentleman said.

"The ACT government is committed to a high quality of public consultation on our urban renewal projects. In this case the community's feedback led to changes to the draft plan to use the natural landscape of the hillside for a mix of housing types, including terraces and medium-density apartments, and high-quality parks."

Height limits for single residential blocks will vary between two and three storeys while the multi-unit sites will be limited to four storeys.

The development application will include a planning control plan that ensures the overall design intent is achieved.

The former public housing buildings will be demolished after all tenants have been relocated. Blocks are expected to be released for sale in 2017/18.

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