1. About the Heart of Beaconsfield

Including:

  • What is The Heart of Beaconsfield project?
  • When will we see a draft masterplan?
  • Where is the proposed redevelopment area and which stakeholders are involved?
  • What have you done with the community input?
  • Why do we need a vision and a masterplan?
  • What's the timeframe for the planning and development of the sites?
  • What’s the role of the working group?


1.1 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. 


1.2  Where will we see a draft masterplan?

The 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 wanted to see if this idea is feasible before deciding whether to include it in the draft masterplan. 

This feasibility delayed the preparation and release of the draft masterplan for further feedback.  Because of this, we released an interim plan which shows some things that can be resolved and leaving question marks on areas still to be considered. These areas are shown as ‘subject to further investigation.’

Given the additional work which needs to be done to explore ideas for the quarry site, a full draft masterplan will take more time and is likely to be ready for further community discussion in 2020.

However, the interim (or part) plan is still a useful guide as it includes proposed features such as where the heart is 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.  The interim plan has already proved useful in helping to progress planning for the Davis Park precinct.


1.3  Where is the proposed redevelopment area and which stakeholders are involved?

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

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


1.4  What have you done with the 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.  Some sectors of the community also felt there was logic in encouraging residential development close to public transport, and suggested using the current oval site for housing. If new sports facilities are provided, this could free up the former oval site for some development. 

The City has been exploring this idea through a feasibility study to see if it’s technically or financially feasible. This has led to further work to explore the most optimum use for the Quarry site, be it sporting facilities and/or other uses, and to look for opportunities to help make development of the quarry site viable.  Community input provided to date will help with this work. 

 

1.5  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 has become Fremantle College.
  • TAFE has moved which provides an opportunity for redevelopment of the site.
  • The Department of Communities (Housing) 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 in the area.
  • 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. 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.

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.

The interim masterplan has already proved useful in helping to progress planning for the Davis Park precinct.


1.6  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.


1.7  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 community engagement 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. 




2. Questions related to Davis Park & the Department of Communities

Including:

  • Why is the Department of Communities planning a regeneration at Davis Park?
  • What is the process for redevelopment at Davis Park?
  • Will existing public housing tenants have to relocate?
  • What does this mean for public housing tenants and private homeowners in the Davis Park precinct?
  • Will there still be day care facilities available?


2.1  Why is the Department of Communities planning a regeneration at Davis Park?

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.


2.2  What is the process for redevelopment 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 Davis Park Precinct Scheme Amendment was available for public comment from 20 May to 21 July 2017.

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

The Heart of Beaconsfield interim masterplan was released in September 2018 and included broad ideas for the Davis Park precinct.

The Department of Communities, through planning consultants Urbis, submitted a structure plan to the City of Fremantle for assessment in April 2019. This plan was open for public comment from 24 May to 21 June 2019. The main purpose of this plan is to provide the town planning rules to guide the future redevelopment of the precinct.  It also aims to provide a better pedestrian connection through the precinct from South Street to Lefroy Road. The structure plan seeks to put into place some of the main ideas shown on the draft Heart of Beaconsfield Master Plan. Think of the masterplan as outlining the broad vision for an area, versus a structure plan which is a statutory (legal) document used by town planners to actually implement the desired vision within a specific area. No development within the precinct can occur until a structure plan is approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). As of writing, the plan is currently under assessment, awaiting submission of further material from the proponent and Main Roads WA. The My Say Freo page will be updated with the very latest information on this project as it comes to hand.


2.3  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.


2.4  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.

The draft structure plan submitted by the Department of Communities shows the existing educational establishment (childcare) to remain.




3. Questions related to South Metropolitan TAFE

Including:

  • Do any of the TAFE buildings have potential for reuse?
  • Why is the TAFE partly closing?
  • Will any of the TAFE operations stay?
  • What will happen to the site when the TAFE closes?
  • What progress has Department Training and Workforce Development made in developing the replacement facilities at Murdoch?


3.1  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. 


3.2  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.


3.3  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).


3.4  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.


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

The new building located in the Murdoch health and knowledge precinct is now open. The site offers the opportunity to continue with animal studies, laboratory work, horticulture or nursing.




4. Questions related to development of land near Clontarf Road

4.1  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. 

In October 2016, Council agreed to support the ‘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 (External link) 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.

An amendment to the Lefroy Road Quarry Structure Plan to include a proposal for an Aged Care development on the (former) Portuguese club site was approved in early 2019.





5. Questions related to the former quarry site and sporting facility feasibility

Including:

  • Why consider building/ replacing sporting facilities on the quarry site?
  • Does this mean development of Bruce Lee oval will occur?
  • Isn’t there already a plan for the quarry site?
  • What are you basing the feasibility on?
  • What will happen at the end of the feasibility study?
  • What does the feasibility study say?


5.1  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 suggests 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.

The further feasibility work is designed to find the most optimum use for the site, be it sporting facilities and/or other uses.  It will also look for opportunities to help make development of the quarry site viable. 


5.2  Does this mean development of Bruce Lee oval will occur?

No, it will depend on the feasibility work. This is necessary to know what may or may not be possible and may in fact rule out any development on Bruce lee Oval.  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.  The additional work could still rule out development on the oval.


5.3  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 (External link) (Map) (August 2012)

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


5.4  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).  If new sports facilities are provided, this could free up the former oval site for some development. This is the first idea the City has been exploring through the feasibility study.

The further feasibility work is designed to find the most optimum use for the site, be it sporting facilities and/or other uses.  It will also look for opportunities to help make development of the quarry site viable. 


5.5  What will happen at the end of the feasibility study?

Regardless of the outcome of the feasibility study and any additional work coming out of it, 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. 


5.6  Why is there additional feasibility work needed?

During the feasibility work, discussions arose around the limited options for use of the quarry site. This has led to further work to explore the most optimum use for the Quarry site and to look for opportunities to help make future development of the quarry site viable.  This additional work may help to rule out any development on the oval. The additional work will take time and has delayed the preparation and release of a full draft masterplan.




6. Questions related to Activ

Including:

  • What's Activ's involvement in the project?
  • Will Activ remain in Beaconsfield?


6.1  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.


6.2  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.