Artist’s impression of the proposed public housing development in Holder (image courtesy BQ Design – Australia)
The site is located between Blackwood Terrace and Stapylton Street. Section 21 will be subdivided before work commences.
See map below.
In March 2017, the ACT Government announced this site for the development of replacement public housing.
The Public Housing Renewal Taskforce has considered feedback from the broader community, including the Holder Community Action Group and the Weston Creek Community Council (WCCC). Summaries of these consultation sessions and meetings can be found under project updates.
The ACT Government engaged GHD Pty Ltd to undertake a Site Investigation Report (PDF 4mb) for Block 2 Section 21 Holder for development.
The ACT Government engaged Cardno Pty Ltd to undertake a Road Safety Assessment (PDF 15mb) for Block 2 Section 21 Holder.
The Taskforce has responded to community feedback through a number of design changes since the proposal was first announced in March 2017:
- reducing the yield from 30 dwellings to 16 dwellings
- amending the location of the driveway and including a landscape buffer between the driveway and adjoining residence
- adjusting the boundaries of the site to move the buildings further away from existing residences
- moving internal roads to be further away from the existing homes
- introducing a landscape buffer between the development and existing residences
- formalising existing desire lines by adding footpaths to connect the Holder Neighbourhood Oval and Holder Shops
- traffic calming measures introduced on the driveway
- retaining all existing trees on site
- reducing building height from two storeys to one storey.
Artist’s impression showing the proposed landscaped area and public housing development in Holder (image courtesy BQ Design – Australia)
Artist’s impression looking from the proposed driveway off Stapylton Street towards proposed public housing in Holder
Artist’s impression looking through Bill Kennedy Memorial Park towards proposed public housing in Holder.
The Development Application was approved by the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) on 14 February 2018.
Construction commenced in early 2019 and has now completed.
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PANDSI (Post & Ante Natal Depression Support & Information Inc) has relocated to a newly-renovated facility at the Weston Community Hub on Hilder Street in Weston. The building will be cleared and demolished.
With the revised designs, there will be no trees removed from the site subject to tree health and safety assessments.
Vehicle access will be via Stapylton Street.
A traffic management plan was prepared as part of the Devlopment Application.
The Holder shops are approximately 200m (3 minute walk) from the site. Cooleman Court Shopping Centre is approximately 650m (15 minute walk) from the site. The park and oval nearby make up more than 53,000m2 of urban open space, and the suburb of Holder has 16.3 hectares of urban open space (PRZ1 zoning). The site is close to an ACTION bus stop located 200m along Blackwood Terrace. It has frequent services (every 15 minutes in peak time and hourly in off peak and weekends) to Cooleman Court, Holder Shops, Weston Community Hub, Woden, and an express to City. Duffy primary school is approximately 1.2km from the site and Stromlo High School is approximately 2km from the site.
As part of the public housing renewal program, many tenants will be supported to move home.
Housing ACT and the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce work closely with all public housing tenants to identify the most appropriate replacement housing for each of them, and to develop individual support plans. Some tenants may choose to stay in their current community or to move to an area which better matches their needs and preferences.
The new public housing will be available for all eligible tenants, and will not be limited to those who are moving from the current multi-unit properties nor people with a disability or the elderly.
The Site Investigation Report which was undertaken for the proposed development found that the current road network has adequate capacity.