What is happening at Hamilton Senior High School?WA’s land and infrastructure development agency LandCorp purchased the Hamilton Senior High School site from the State Government in January 2018. LandCorp will demolish the school buildings and remediate the land prior to redeveloping the site for residential use incorporating public parks and bushland. LandCorp has been asked by the State Government to take on this revitalisation project based on its award winning track recor in transforming school sites into thriving new communities. To find out more about Fremantle College visit the Department of Education or the Fremantle College.
Why is this site being developed for housing? Projections show that by 2050 Perth’s population will reach 3.5 million people. As Western Australia’s land development agency, one of our responsibilities is to ensure the availability of land for jobs and land for living for current and future Western Australians. Urban regeneration is a key strategy to help make the most of existing infrastructure, including roads, access to public transport, established job opportunities, businesses and health and education facilities. LandCorp identifies suitable infill and urban renewal sites in established communities and develops them in a way that is sympathetic to their surrounding environment and community. The Hamilton Senior High School site is in the southern corridor of Perth, near excellent infrastructure and facilities and presents an ideal opportunity to help address Perth’s rapid population growth while improving local amenity and housing diversity.
What is LandCorp’s role? LandCorp, as Western Australia’s land development agency, creates connected, vibrant urban places around Perth. LandCorp will transform the former Hamilton Senior High School site into a residential area that integrates with the surrounding area and that will support the City of Cockburn’s Revitalisation Strategy.
How will this development fit in with the local community? LandCorp’s goal is to transform the site into a new community that integrates with the surrounding area and that supports the City of Cockburn’s Revitalisation Strategy. Residents will enjoy a vibrant and connected community that offers a diverse range of modern housing options.
What are the plans for the old buildings? LandCorp will demolish the school buildings and remediate the site in accordance with relevant, health, safety and environmental guidelines and will use best practice for waste management and recycling.
Will this development feature public open space? Our award-winning developments feature beautiful public open space, innovative landscaping and design and best practice water-wise measures designed to ensure estates are sustainable. Access to public open spaces, parklands and walkways ensure our developments are attractive places to live in and enjoy. We will be seeking ideas from the local community on the types of open space that could be developed as part of the revitalisation of the site.
How much will housing cost? It is too early in the planning of the site to know this level of detail. Our aim is to provide a wide range of housing types, including universal access opportunities that will appeal to people of all ages.
What do you want to hear from the community? As part of the Concept Planning, community members contributed their thoughts about what makes the site special and what should be included in its redevelopment. A forum was held on 23rd November 2016 where community members shared their ideas on the development. These ideas were considered as part of the development of concept plans which were presented to the community in mid-2017.
What other community consultation will be undertaken? LandCorp will continue work with key stakeholders and the community to deliver the vision for the site throughout the phases of the project. LandCorp lodged the draft Hamilton Senior High School Structure Plan with the City of Cockburn in September 2018. A community information session was held in mid-October 2018 to provide further opportunity for discussion prior to closure of the public comment period on 23 October 2018. LandCorp will further engage with adjacent local residents and community groups on potential Purvis and Ralston Street verge works and the sensitive integration of the southern Public Open Space play areas with bush rehabilitation works.
When will the planning process be completed? The first step in this process was to re-zone the site under the Metropolitan Regional Scheme to Urban Zoning to allow future residential use. The next stage includes re-zoning on the site under the City of Cockburn Town Planning Scheme and consideration of the local structure plan by the City of Cockburn, the Western Australia Planning Commission and relevant referral agencies. Final approval of the structure plan is not to expected until the end of 2019. In the meantime, LandCorp will complete demolition and recycling of the school building materials and remediate the site ready for new use. Demolition work commenced in mid-2018.
How many houses will be built? The local structure plan will provide for between 300 and 320 dwellings, including single homes, town houses and apartments.
When will a final decisions be made? The draft Local Structure Plan was lodged with the City of Cockburn in mid-2018, and advertised by the City for formal public comment in October 2018. The City referred the Structure Plan to the Western Australian Planning Commission with recommendations in January 2019. Final approval is anticipated in late 2019.