THE Victorian Government last week said its plan to deliver more housing and revitalise inner-city communities by redeveloping public housing estates has reached a new milestone, following the approval of amendments to six planning schemes across Melbourne.
Amendments C118 and C150 to the Banyule Planning Scheme, C157 to the Bayside Planning Scheme, C180 to the Darebin Planning Scheme, C180 to the Glen Eira Planning Scheme, C306 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme and C170 to the Moreland Planning Scheme will deliver new public housing for tenants at Brunswick West, North Melbourne, Heidelberg West, Brighton, Northcote and Flemington.
The projects form part of the Public Housing Renewal Program, which aims to replace old public housing estates with new properties that are comfortable, modern and more secure. The program was announced as part of the Victorian Government's Homes for Victorians strategy.
According to the government, the new housing will be accessible for people with disability and mobility issues, feature new green spaces, and meet the growing demand for one and two-bedroom dwellings – but with flexibility to convert to bigger dwellings to accommodate larger families. All new homes will be seven-star energy rated.
The government has guaranteed that all residents can return to their estates after construction is complete. This will be enshrined in updated tenancy agreements with the Director of Housing, which are legally enforceable documents. A tenant's rent will be calculated in the same way, and they will remain public housing residents with secure tenancies.