WE’VE GOT NEWS

 

As part of the continual evolution of Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, we’re excited about sharing our vision for future development.

Community liveability and customer experience are at the core of our plans.

Several development applications have been lodged with the City of Stonnington.

 

Planned key projects include:
  • Priority expansion of Coles and David Jones car parks bringing an additional 1,400 new car spaces across two of our parking precincts
  • Upgraded fresh food precinct, with a focus on workplace, wellness and lifestyle retailers
  • Expansion of the leisure and dining precinct
  • Nine-storey commercial office building and landmark entrance at Middle Road 

Chadstone plays a significant role within the growing Monash economic region, supporting ongoing and future employment.

Our plans will address demand from commercial office tenants wanting to be based at Chadstone and continue to deliver the experiences to our customers and retailers that they have come to expect.

Lifestyle destinations, such as Chadstone, are community hubs bringing together more of the elements we need to create vibrant neighbourhoods, including the best fresh food and experience-led retailing alongside general services with robust public transport connections.

1,400 NEW CAR SPACES

Parking Expansion l David Jones Car Park l Artist's Impression Only
Parking Expansion l Coles Car Park l Artist's Impression Only

UPGRADED FRESH FOOD PRECINCT

Upgraded Fresh Food Precinct l Artist's Impression Only
Upgraded Fresh Food Precinct l Artist's Impression Only

LEISURE AND DINING PRECINCT

Expansion of Leisure and Dining Precinct l Artist's Impression Only
Expansion of Leisure and Dining Precinct l Artist's Impression Only

COMMERCIAL OFFICE BUILDING AND LANDMARK ENTRANCE

Nine-storey Commercial Office Building and Landmark Entrance at Middle Road l Artist's Impression Only
Nine-storey Commercial Office Building and Landmark Entrance at Middle Road l Artist's Impression Only

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

A series of community consultation sessions took place as a critical part of our planning process. 10 weeks were set aside for community consultation and we encouraged our customers and community to be part of the planning process.  Please refer below to the consultation session dates and times that were held.

  

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION SESSIONS

  • SESSION 1:      Thursday 5, December 2019, between 9:00am - 10:00am
  • SESSION 2:      Tuesday 17, December 2019, between 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • SESSION 3:      Tuesday 14, January 2020, between 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • SESSION 4:      Thursday 16, January 2020, between 9:00am - 10:00am
  • SESSION 5:      Wednesday 5, February 2020, between 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • SESSION 6:      Wednesday 12, February 2020, Chadstone Bowls Club, between 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • SESSION 7:      Tuesday 10, March 2020, between 8:00am - 9:00am
  • SESSION 8:      Tuesday 10, March 2020, between 7:30pm - 8:30pm
  • SESSION 9:      Friday 13, March 2020, between 8:00am - 9:00am

 

FAQs

What are the projects?
  • Priority expansion of Coles and David Jones car parks bringing an additional 1,400 new car spaces across two of our parking precincts
  • Upgraded fresh food precinct, with a focus on workplace, wellness and lifestyle retailers
  • Expansion of the leisure and dining precinct
  • Nine-storey commercial office building and landmark entrance at Middle Road
Why these projects?

We see these projects as the next phase of Chadstone’s evolution as we work to respond to our community's changing expectations and lifestyle needs, and broader employment trends - in the same way our accommodation and conference facilities at Hotel Chadstone have responded to tourism and business needs.

What is the total development cost?

The projects have a total investment cost circa $685 million.

Are you extending Chadstone’s boundaries?

No, the projects won’t increase the size of the precinct but rather refresh and repurpose existing space, utilising land within the current Chadstone footprint.

When do you expect work to start?

If approved, it’s anticipated work could begin in 2021. Project construction would be staged over a three to four year period. We aim to prioritise the commencement of the car park expansion.

What approval is required?

The development applications are subject to the usual approval process by the City of Stonnington and the projects still require approval by Chadstone’s co-owners.

How many jobs will the projects create?

The proposed projects will generate, on average, more than 650 full time-equivalent (FTE) direct and indirect jobs.  At peak construction, these projects will generate more than 850 FTE jobs in total.

 

The proposed additional commercial office building is expected to generate more than 2,000 direct and indirect full-time jobs. And we anticipate creating more than 900 opportunities for hospitality, healthcare and key workers, not only supporting the economy but servicing our local community. 

What impact will the work have on trade?

These proposals include a mix of refurbished and new areas, delivered in stages, to minimise customer disruption and centre impacts.

 

To minimise the impact to customers and retailers during construction, a series of staging plans have been developed and will continue to be reworked to minimise any disruptions.

How will the work impact local traffic?

Our specialist traffic engineering consultants suggest the projects, particularly the addition of more than 1,400 car spaces, will help improve accessibility and reduce congestion for those coming to and from Chadstone.

 

For our local customers, we’re working with Public Transport Victoria to better connect our community, with a recent bus trial operating between Oakleigh Station and The Fashion Capital – which has been well received and is now one of the highest patronage weekend bus services in Melbourne.

 

Transport remains a critical consideration for our customers, retailers and the broader Chadstone workforce and we think these projects at Chadstone, coupled with government investment in exploring the feasibility of light rail, will enhance the liveability and economic value of our region.

Is there time for community consultation?

Yes, we feel this is a critical part of our planning process. We have set aside 10 weeks of community consultation and we encourage our customers and community to be part of the planning process. Please refer to the below session dates and times. 

 

If you would like to attend please RSVP your attendance to: chadstone.development@vicinity.com.au

 

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION SESSIONS

  • SESSION 1:      Thursday 5, December 2019, between 9:00am - 10:00am
  • SESSION 2:      Tuesday 17, December 2019, between 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • SESSION 3:      Tuesday 14, January 2020, between 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • SESSION 4:      Thursday 16, January 2020, between 9:00am - 10:00am
  • SESSION 5:      Wednesday 5, February 2020, between 6:30pm - 7:30pm

 

All sessions will be held in the Visitor Lounge, Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone.

What’s the next stage of the process?

The development applications are subject to the usual approval process by the City of Stonnington and the projects still require approval by Chadstone’s co-owners.

 

We’re inviting our customers and community to be part of the planning process, with 10 weeks of consultation and five information sessions to be held at Chadstone between December 2019 to February 2020. Please refer to the session dates and times specified above.

 

Formal notification is likely to occur in the period after Australia Day 2020 and further consultation sessions will be planned during this phase.

 

WHAT ARE THE PLANNING PERMIT APPLICATIONS FOR?

The co-owners of Chadstone Shopping Centre are seeking approval from Council for the new developments.


These proposals include:

  • Priority expansion of car parks A, C and D, bringing an additional ~1,420 new car spaces across two of our parking precincts (these form two separate applications and provide the necessary parking for a number of new uses contemplated in the other applications)
  • Expansion of the Leisure and Dining Precinct
  • Upgraded Fresh Food Precinct, with a focus on workplace, wellness, childcare and lifestyle retailers
  • Nine-storey commercial office building and new landmark entrance at Middle Road

There are a number of planning applications to facilitate the staged delivery of these developments which, if approved, would be completed progressively over the next five years.

WHICH PLANNING APPLICATION REFERS TO WHICH PROJECT?
  • Planning Application 984/19 | Car park A expansion: Additional 853 car parks

 

  • Planning Application 988/19 | Mezzanine Dining and Leisure Precinct: Additional dining and place of assembly uses such as mini-golf or bowling (+3,955sqm)

 

  • Planning Application 987/19 | Car parks C and D expansion: Additional 582 car parks

 

  • Planning Application 986/19 | Fresh Food, Wellness and Workplace redevelopment: Major upgrade of existing floorspace and creation of additional +16,563sqm of floorspace including: shop, food and drink, education, office, health and wellbeing and new childcare facility

 

  • Planning Application 985/19 | Middle Road Office development:
    Adding a nine-level office development (20,000sqm)
WHERE ARE THE PLANNING PERMIT APPLICATIONS LOCATED?

The Council website includes copies of all materials lodged in support of the applications including: architectural plans, landscape plans, planning reports, traffic reports, ESD reports. Please visit: www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/eplanning

I’VE RECEIVED A NOTICE FROM COUNCIL / SAW THE NOTIFICATION IN THE NEWSPAPER. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

The notices are part of the standard (City of Stonnington) planning process. Residents are able to make submissions to Council and these submissions will be considered by Council officers and the Councillors in making decisions on the applications.

In making decisions Council will consider matters including:

  • State and Local Planning Policy
  • The zoning of the land (Commercial 1 Zone)
  • The site-specific Incorporated Plan Overlay and the Chadstone Shopping Centre Incorporated Plan (August 2012)
  • Resident submissions

You may not have received a notice for all of the planning permits discussed above. This is because Council makes a decision about which residents they notify for each planning permit application, depending on the nature of the uses and development proposed and the location of these works relative to individual properties.

IF COUNCIL APPROVES THESE PROJECTS, HOW LONG WILL CONSTRUCTION TAKE AND WHEN WOULD CONSTRUCTION COMMENCE?

If the planning permit applications are approved by Council, the projects will be developed over a 4 to 5 year period, with work potentially beginning in 2021.

To ensure there is minimal disruption to the local community and the centre itself, car parking expansion has been prioritised, with the car park A expansion to be delivered first, before any retail development occurs. The expansion of car parks C and D will follow, to provide additional parking spaces to the centre.

Post the car parking expansions, the remaining projects will be completed, concluding with the health and wellness precinct in late 2024.

WHY ARE THESE PLANNING APPLICATIONS BEING ADVERTISED DURING THIS TIME?

The applications were lodged with Stonnington Council in November 2019. Over the last few months Vicinity has worked closely with Council to provide the additional information and detail required to progress the applications to the advertising stage.

Vicinity has undertaken extensive community engagement including the delivery of 12,000 newsletters, brochures and flyers to over 4,000 households, and nine information sessions that were held between 5 December 2019 and 13 March 2020. These sessions were held at different times of the day to ensure as many residents were able attend and provide their feedback as possible. Through this process, Chadstone has received some great feedback and will continue to work with the community moving forward.

In addition, residents have the usual opportunity to comment on these applications via the formal Council process.

Continuing to assess development applications during this time aligns with the stated aspirations of the State and Federal Governments, and we anticipate local Council, to support critical economic activity now and into the recovery stage post the COVID-19.

 

Should the projects be approved and delivered, they will offer a diverse range of new jobs to the community and deliver significant economic value to the local area and the State, estimated to be $364 million each year.

HOW DO THESE APPLICATIONS ADDRESS CAR PARKING ON LOCAL STREETS?

These applications will provide an additional 1,422 car parking spaces at Chadstone. This will create a surplus of over 700 spaces on the weekends when the Centre is at its busiest.

The issue of car parking on local streets – particularly on major event days such as Boxing Day – was raised with Vicinity during the engagement process. We welcome the feedback received and will continue to work with Council and the community on traffic and car parking issues affecting local residents, including options for additional measures that could be implemented on major event days.

HOW WILL THESE APPLICATIONS IMPROVE CHADSTONE’S EXISTING CAR PARKING INFRASTRUCTURE?

In order to improve how the current car parks operate, a number of infrastructure works have been included in the planning permit applications. These include wider ramps and turning circles, the installation of speed ramps and a new signalised access point promoting easier access from Princes Hwy and directing traffic away from Chadstone Road. Additionally, the recently installed parking guidance system will be expanded upon to include on-site signage to clearly direct cars to the best parking location.

WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS FOR LOCAL TRAFFIC FLOW AND WILL LOCAL STREETS BE AFFECTED?

Chadstone is proposing to fund Chadstone Road intersection works, which would see the creation of a second right turn lane from Chadstone Road, into Princes Highway. This will provide a number of improvements to local area traffic, such as decreased queue lengths and travel times.

Fewer cars will head north on Chadstone Road, due to the improved efficiency of the Chadstone Road/ Princes Highway intersection.

WHAT IS CHADSTONE DOING ABOUT IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND / OR ACTIVE TRAVEL (CYCLING / WALKING)?

Separate to the current applications Chadstone has been a strong advocate of alternative forms of travel. Last year, Chadstone funded a trial for a new weekend bus service that connects Oakleigh station to Chadstone, which was used by 30,000 passengers and greatly appreciated by the community.

Moving forward, Chadstone will continue to work with Council and Government to further improve Chadstone’s public transport and active travel connections, through a number of initiatives:

  • Work with Stonnington Council to implement a number of priority pedestrian crossings and improve cycle and pedestrian connection to Scotchman’s Creek trail
  • Work with State Government to trial additional bus services from Holmesglen station to Chadstone
  • Work with Monash and Glen Eira Councils to improve cycle and pedestrian connection to Hughesdale station
  • Additional weekend bus services from Oakleigh The November 2019 to Jan 2020 trial resulted in taking approximately 1,000 cars off the road each weekend
IF COUNCIL APPROVES THESE PROJECTS, WHAT WILL YOU DO TO PROTECT THE AMENITY OF LOCAL RESIDENTS DURING CONSTRUCTION?

Chadstone is committed to working with Council and the community to protect local resident amenity throughout the entire construction period.

As part of the community engagement process, Chadstone has listened to the community to better understand their concerns about the planning permit applications and has created a mitigation strategy to solve these issues.

Detailed below are the some of the core concerns the local community has and the solutions Chadstone is proposing to solve these issues:

Concern 1: Construction vehicles driving down suburban streets

Potential Solution: Incorporate road use restrictions into the builders contracts to ensure suburban streets are not used during construction

Concern 2 & 3: Reduction of parking spaces during car park expansion projects and trade vehicles parking in prime customer locations

Potential Solutions:

 

 

  • On Saturdays, during the car park A construction period, make parking off-site a contractual obligation for construction workers.

                 - Provide off-site parking for construction workers, with a free shuttle to the centre

  • On Saturdays and Sundays run the “Chadstone Extra” train station shuttle services.

                - The recent trial was used by more than 2,000 people, taking ~1,000 cars off the road each weekend

  • Once the car park expansions are complete, provide workers with nested parking areas.

CONTACT

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For further details regarding development, please call our 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline on (03) 9563 3355 and dial 1 for development enquiries.

Alternatively, email our team at chadstone.development@vicinity.com.au