What is The Heart of Beaconsfield project?

There are lots of positive changes happening in the Heart of Beaconsfield. South Fremantle High School has become Fremantle College, the Housing Authority would like to update and build new homes in the Davis Park precinct, Activ Foundation is looking at updating its facilities and there’s an opportunity to redevelop the old TAFE site.

The City of Fremantle and its project partners want to ensure that when these changes happen, they happen in a coordinated way. The aim of the Heart of Beaconsfield project is to create an over-arching masterplan that will help to guide plans for development on the various different sites in this area. 

Where is the draft masterplan?

We've been consolidating the ideas from community engagement into a draft masterplan.  This draft masterplan will draw on concepts and ideas provided by community members during the engagement process. 

One of the ideas involves replacing Bruce Lee Oval with new and improved sporting facilities on the Lefroy Road Quarry site.  We want to see if this idea is feasible before deciding whether to include it in the draft masterplan.  This feasibility work will delay the preparation and release of the draft masterplan for further feedback.

When will the community see a masterplan?

We said that we would share the results of the engagement and release a draft masterplan for community comment in early to mid 2018. A little later than planned, we’ve now released an interim plan which shows some things that can be resolved and leaving question marks on areas still to be considered. 

The interim (or part) plan includes proposed features such as where the heart is, a possible layout for the Davis Park precinct and proposed green, pedestrian and cycle links and road links. It also aligns with the intent of private developers on Clontarf Road, Mather Road and the Portuguese Club site. 

More work needs to be done on planning for sporting facilities and north-south road links before we can show something that might be practical as a full draft masterplan.  These areas are shown as ‘subject to further investigation’.

Given the additional work which needs to be done to test the feasibility and practicality of some ideas, a full draft masterplan may take some time and is likely to be ready by early to mid 2019.

What have you done with last year’s community input?

During community consultation in 2017, the City of Fremantle prepared two concepts to stimulate discussion and help the community form its own ideas for a Heart of Beaconsfield masterplan.

While many people supported the retention of Bruce Lee Oval where it is, others explored the idea of moving sports facilities to the quarry site.  Once the new facilities are complete, this could allow for some development on the former oval site.  The City would like to explore this idea further.  At this stage we don’t know if it’s technically or financially feasible to relocate the oval, so before we finalise the draft masterplan we are conducting a feasibility study to find out.

Does this mean development of Bruce Lee oval will occur?

No, not at all. The feasibility work is necessary to know what may or may not be possible and may in fact help to rule out any development.  It makes sense to do these investigations now before making further progress on a draft master plan.

If the feasibility study shows the relocation of the oval is not feasible, that will be the end of it and Bruce Lee Oval will be retained in the draft masterplan.  If the study shows the relocation of the oval is feasible, this option may be put forward for further community consultation.

Why consider building/ replacing sporting facilities on the Quarry site?

The quarry site is currently vacant, a bit of an eyesore and there’s not a lot it can be used for. While the current Lefroy Road Quarry Structure Plan suggest some of it could be used for residential, its former life as a landfill and quarry mean residential development may be too costly to be viable. 

Using the site for a new, improved oval might be a good opportunity to convert an under-utilised site into a great new community asset.  Other benefits include improved green links and pedestrian and cycle links.

South Street is an important public transport corridor and there is logic in encouraging residential development close to public transport, so using the current oval site for housing could make sense.

What are you basing the feasibility on?

While many people supported plans which showed the retention of Bruce Lee Oval where it is (similar to Concept A), others explored the idea of moving and improving sports facilities to the quarry site (ideas similar to Concept B).  Once new facilities are complete, this could allow for some development on the former oval site.  This is the idea the City is exploring through the feasibility study.

What will happen at the end of the feasibility study?

Regardless of the outcome of the feasibility study, a full draft masterplan will be prepared and put out for public feedback. Everyone will have the chance to have their say, and the masterplan can still be amended, before it’s officially adopted. 

Why does the plan now include proposals on the Portuguese Club site and other land near Clontarf Road?

The City is happy to see the intent of private developers on Clontarf Road, Mather Road and the Portuguese Club site now included on the interim plan.  Inclusion of these ideas helps us see the comparative scale of proposed development and how important green links and pedestrian connections could be completed right through to Clontarf Hill. 

An amendment to the Lefroy Road Quarry Structure Plan to include a proposal for an Aged Care development on the (former) Portuguese club site has been advertised separately and is currently under consideration.

In October 2016, Council agreed to support the ‘Clontarf Road Masterplan’ Clontarf Road Masterplan’ dated June 2016 on behalf of Saracen Properties as a non-statutory document that provides context and intent to guide the future coordinated design, subdivision and development of the properties at No. 2 (lots 72 and 100) and No. 4 (lot 25) Clontarf Road and No. 1 (lot 72) Naylor Street.  Planning Policy 3.19 was created to ensure coordinated design of subdivision and development within the subject area. 

Council also advised Saracen Properties that an amendment to Local Planning Scheme No. 4 would be required for the City to consider any increase in maximum permissible building heights as indicated within the Masterplan.

Why do we need a vision and a masterplan?

There are lots of positive changes happening in the Heart of Beaconsfield.

  • South Fremantle High School is becoming Fremantle College.
  • TAFE is moving (except for the Quinlan's Training Restaurant), which provides an opportunity for redevelopment of the site.
  • The Housing Authority would like to update and build new homes in the Davis Park precinct - with the first step being a proposed Scheme Amendment.
  • Activ Foundation is looking at updating facilities on its site.
  • All of this may prompt some ideas for the area, including a possible rethink of the existing structure plan for the Lefroy Road Quarry site.

Some of these changes could take decades, but the City of Fremantle and its project partners want to ensure that when things happen, they happen in a coordinated way.

We want to create an overarching vision and masterplan that will help to guide future plans for the different sites and help them to integrate, and actively engage the community in the creation of the vision and the masterplan.

What are some of the positive outcomes that will be achieved by having a shared vision and a masterplan?

The Heart of Beaconsfield offers an exciting engagement process for the community to shape the positive outcomes that can be achieved on a major infill site. Some of these positive outcomes may include:

  • a coordinated urban regeneration plan that will transform the Heart of Beaconsfield
  • improved social outcomes and local identity that reflects the current and future community
  • an integrated plan that connects the community in The Heart of Beaconsfield with the wider communities in the City of Fremantle
  • improved access to public transport
  • greater entertainment and retail amenities
  • increased walking/cycling and public transport usage
  • reduced reliance on cars
  • housing options that enable people to stay in the area as their circumstances change
  • greater housing diversity through an increase in private, affordable, senior, social and shared equity that better responds to changing demand and needs
  • smaller/alternative housing models
  • affordable housing opportunities close to the Fremantle city centre, education and public transport
  • increased options for environmental sustainability
  • reduced carbon emissions
  • creation of Fremantle College
  • bringing the former quarry site into productive use
  • expansion of Fremantle’s green link programme
  • leadership and demonstration in sustainability and innovation.

We are seeking the community’s input to gather ideas and develop these further in 2017.

Where is the proposed redevelopment area?

These are five major areas of change that will become part of an integrated masterplan to shape the future of the Heart of Beaconsfield.

  • Fremantle College
  • Activ site
  • Davis Park precinct
  • South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Lefroy Road Quarry

What's the timeframe for the planning and development of the sites?

The diagram below shows an estimate of timeframe for the planning and development of key precinct sites within the Heart of Beaconsfield masterplan area. Timelines will become more certain once the initial planning is completed.

Who’s involved?

To achieve an integrated planning approach the following key stakeholders are working together:

  • City of Fremantle
  • Department for Communities (Housing)
  • Fremantle College
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Training and Workforce Development
  • Department of Planning
  • Department of Lands
  • LandCorp
  • Activ

What’s the role of the working group?

The purpose of the Beaconsfield West Redevelopment Working Group is to jointly enable the coordinated planning and redevelopment of the Beaconsfield west area by using its best endeavours to:

·  Oversee and agree: project objectives, project boundaries., opportunities and constraints

·  Participate in and support the consultation process to develop the project vision

·  Champion sustainability and innovation

·  Engage and inform relevant stakeholders

·  Keep the project on schedule

·  Ensure consistent communication messages

·  Guide progress to enable development across the sites

·  Advocate for the Project

Notwithstanding the intent of the above, the working group is not a decision-making group.  Major project decisions will still need to be pursued through the appropriate channels by the relevant stakeholder. 

What's the purpose of the masterplan?

Masterplans are important because they serve as a blueprint for future development of an area and help guide changes we may want to make to our local planning scheme at a later stage to enable redevelopment. It's important to note that a master plan is not a formal planning tool, and is not part of the City's local planning scheme (like a structure plan). A master plan won’t guarantee change – but if and when change does happen – it will happen in a coordinated way.

What's the purpose of a structure plan?

A structure plan complements the master plan by providing more detail on a specific geographical area - in this case Davis Park precinct. It also formalises these changes in the City's local planning scheme.

Think of the masterplan as outlining the overall vision and values for an area versus a structure plan which looks at a specific location and gets into the detail of things like zoning, building heights and new roads.

What's happening at Davis Park?

In September 2016, Fremantle council approved an amendment to the City's local planning scheme to change the zoning of the Davis Park precinct to 'development zone'. The amendment has been sent to the state government for final approval. 

Changing the zoning of the Davis Park precinct to ‘development zone’ is the first step in the planning process to be worked through. This step anticipates the need for future redevelopment but prevents piecemeal development until an overall plan (a structure plan) has been completed.

The Heart of Beaconsfield master plan will include some broad ideas for the Davis Park precinct. Preparation of a draft structure plan for the Davis Park precinct will commence early in 2018. The draft structure plan for the Davis Park precinct will need to be compatible with the overall master plan for the Heart of Beaconsfield.

Why is the Department of Communities planning this regeneration?

The Department of Communities land in Beaconsfield offers a significant number of opportunities to create an integrated sustainable community within close proximity to Fremantle and the Perth CBD.

The Department of Communities is focused on providing better communities throughout Western Australia through urban regeneration initiatives that decentralise large pockets of social housing and offer a range of affordable housing options catering for all Western Australians. These housing options include new home opportunities for down-sizers, seniors, first homebuyers, public housing tenants and families.

When will redevelopment in the Davis Park precinct start?

No redevelopment can happen in the Davis Park precinct until a structure plan has been prepared and approved. Further engagement with the community will occur on the draft structure plan for the Davis Park precinct.

What does this mean for public housing tenants and private homeowners in the Davis Park precicnt?

All tenants and property owners will have the opportunity to have a say and be involved in shaping the vision and future redevelopment and revitalisation of the area. Once all the planning has been completed the Department of Communities (Housing) will work closely with all tenants to relocoate them into a home that is appropriate to their needs. 

Will existing public housing tenants have to relocate?

At some stage in the future, public housing tenants will be asked to relocate to enable regeneration of the area to commence. However it is important to note that this is not expected for a number of years. Tenants will be involved in choosing where they can move to and the Department of Communities will engage with them to discuss their options at an appropriate time in the future.

Housing plans to reduce its presence through a variety of approaches. These approaches include:

  • Moving tenants to more appropriate accommodation in surrounding areas that are close to their networks.
  • Creating a new community through the redevelopment of land owned by the Department of Communities in Beaconsfield with more new homes and diversity of housing options.
  • Offering a wider range of shared equity and affordable housing options for Western Australians looking to purchase a new home.

These approaches have been adopted to ensure there is minimal impact on public housing tenants and the wider community. The Department of Communities regularly undertakes relocations through the state as part of its tenancy/property management services. The ongoing engagement with public housing tenants and the community is important to the department. Engagement with our tenants will occur over the lifetime of the project.

Is the recently proposed Davis Park Precinct Scheme amendment part of the project?

Yes. The City of Fremantle has approved initiation of an amendment to the Local Planning Scheme. The draft amendment, proposed by the Housing Authority, relates to land surrounding Davis Park - bounded by South Street, Fifth Avenue, Lefroy Road and Caesar Street. This is the initial part of the town planning process for the Housing Authority’s land.

Read the scheme amendment report (November 2016)

The area is currently dominated by low density housing owned by the Housing Authority. Amending the local planning scheme to rezone the subject land to development zone is a preliminary step which facilitates preparation of a structure plan to guide future redevelopment of the land around Davis Park.

The City has supported initiation of the amendment providing that the preparation of the structure plan for the Housing Authority land occurs in a manner and on a timeframe that is properly integrated with the outcomes of the broader Beaconsfield master planning process. the Davis Park Precinct Scheme Amendment is available for public comment from 20 May to 21 July 2017.

View more information about the Davis Park Precinct Scheme Amendment

Why is the TAFE partly closing?

South Metropolitan TAFE currently operates the ageing 1960’s Fremantle Campus in Beaconsfield and approximately 90% of the facilities no longer provide a suitable standard of training environment for students. To address this issue the State Government has significantly invested in new facilities at: 
  • Rockingham campus to enable the relocation of building and construction trades training from the Beaconsfield site in 2014.
  • Murdoch campus to enable the relocation of non-trades training and administration services in mid-2017; and 
  • the Australian Centre for Energy Process Training campus in Munster to enable the relocation of engineering trades training in late 2017. 
 As a result, the majority of Fremantle campus (approx. 3.3 ha site) will be available for redevelopment and the local community will have access to new contemporary non-trades training facilities at the nearby Murdoch campus for a broad range of programs including hairdressing, beauty, massage, beauty, business and IT, childcare, nursing and aged care, and sport and fitness.

Will any of the TAFE operations stay?

The Quinlan’s training restaurant will remain on the site for the foreseeable future (approx 0.5 ha).

What will happen to the site when the TAFE closes?

The community will be invited to participate in discussions about the future of the TAFE site as part of the broader coordinated planning of the surrounding precinct. The City of Fremantle will oversee a coordinated approach to the planning, land assembly and future development of these sites. The State Government is still considering the site’s future ownership.

What progress has Department Training and Workforce Development made in developing the replacement facilities at Murdoch?

The new building at Murdoch will open in Semester 1 2018 and will provide a wide range of training facilities for diverse courses relocating from Beaconsfield. 

Is the timeline for closure (end of 2017) the same given the change of state government ?

The closure of 90% of Beaconsfield training facilities is still being planned for the end of 2017. The newer hospitality training restaurant will remain open for the foreseeable future and this represents approximately 10% of the total facilities on the Beaconsfield site.

Do any of the TAFE buildings have potential for reuse?

No, the buildings planned for closure are not viable for reuse. Building assessments undertaken some years ago showed unmanageable levels of concrete cancer and asbestos. 

What will the design of the buildings look like?

At this stage building designs have not been determined. Design quality is important and is a key objective of a future regeneration of the Department of Communities land in Beaconsfield.

The key regeneration objectives include but are not limited to design quality, sustainability, integration, diversity and affordability.

Will there still be day care facilities available?

The City of Fremantle considers that day care facilities in the Heart of Beaconsfield are an important service for current and future families. If required, the Housing Authority has already factored in the provision of a day care facility within its land holding as it also considers it an important community service.

Whether on Housing’s site or elsewhere in the precinct there is likely to be significant opportunity to improve childcare facilities currently offered in the area.

The Housing Authority and City of Fremantle will engage with the Fremantle Early Learning Centre to understand their needs and future possibilities offered through a regeneration of this precinct.

Isn’t there already a plan for the quarry site?

There is an approved structure plan which covers the Lefroy Road quarry site. Changes to the high school and the need for greater housing diversity may present opportunities to review planning on this site.

Lefroy Road Quarry Structure Plan (Map) (August 2012)

Lefroy Road Quarry local structure plan (Report) (October 2011)

When will the school amalgamation occur?

South Fremantle Senior High School and Hamilton Senior High School will close in December 2017 and Fremantle College will open for the 2018 school year. Fremantle College will operate from the former South Fremantle High School campus.

What's Activ's involvement in the project?

Activ currently operates services within the project area, located on Lefroy Road next to South Fremantle Senior High School. The City of Fremantle has invited Activ to participate in discussions regarding the future redevelopment of landholdings in Beaconsfield.

Will Activ remain in Beaconsfield?

Activ appreciates the proactive nature of the conversations with the City of Fremantle and looks forward to continuing to build on their presence in the area where possible. Activ is also excited to explore options to provide a wider range of opportunities for people living with disability in the region, as a result of this project.

It is very early in the planning process and no changes will be happening for some time. Activ will update their customers as plans progress.