Doma gets green light for Red Hill public housing site redevelopment

Ian Bushnell 9 October 2020 21
The Parks development

A render of the proposed development. Image: Doma Group.

Doma Group’s redevelopment of the former Red Hill public housing site has been given the green light, subject to a range of conditions.

Doma last year lodged twin development applications for 136 dwellings across six blocks bordering the central Lady Nelson Park, including areas that will be pedestrian thoroughfares.

Known as ‘The Parks’, the project has been designed by Stewart Architecture and split into two development applications of 68 apartments each with four storeys plus an attic, and two levels of basement parking.

The project provides a mix of one, two and three-bedroom Euro-style apartments with two levels of basement parking.

The plans say the buildings are designed as a series of ‘townhomes’ which step-up the slope and provide address to all streets.

Doma bought the 53,000 square metre public house housing land with Stockland in 2018 for $50 million. The sites are part of a wider precinct that has been designed within an approved Estate Development Plan.

The entire Red Hill Precinct will eventually contain more than 250 dwellings. Stockland plans to build 108 single-dwelling sites comprising 25 land lots and 83 luxury townhomes.

Doma’s two DAs cover Blocks 2, 3 and 8 Section 26 – a combined 3954 square metre site bounded by Discovery Street, Lady Nelson Place, Cygnet Drive and Aviemore Lane – while Blocks 5, 6 and 7 Section 60 Red Hill is a combined 4138 square metre site bounded by Discovery Street, Lady Nelson Place, Cygnet Drive and Cutty Sark Lane.

Estate development plan

The estate development plan for the Red Hill development.

They are near the Red Hill shops (CZ4 Local Centre) and separated by Lady Nelson Park, one of six public open spaces within the precinct.

As a result of the assessment, Doma made design changes to the original submission including lowering buildings on Block 3 Section 26 and Block 5 Section 60, modifications to the proposed attic levels including reducing the height of dormer elements, increasing the setback of dormer elements from the façade and incorporating planters on Section 26.

It also increased the glazed sill height of the attic level windows, and provided more privacy screening on Section 26.

Also required is an intercom and remote barrier release system – or other suitable solution, to allow access to the accessible visitor car parking spaces in the basement.

Blocks 7 and 8 also need to be identified as easements, and any work on Block 7 must be done as part of the development.

The pedestrian path on Block 5 Section 60 between Cutty Sark Lane and Lady Nelson Place must be revised to allow for accessible travel.

The Conservator of Flora and Fauna required that the large regulated oak on the Section 26 site be protected and Doma was urged to engage an arborist to support other trees that were being affected by the necessary asbestos mitigation work.

A Level 5 Arborist or a qualified landscape architect must be engaged to supervise the installation and delivery of all approved landscaping works.

Work cannot start until the findings of the independent contamination audit is reviewed and endorsed by the EPA.

No works are to be undertaken, vehicles parked, or material to stored on public land without permission from Transport Canberra and City Services.

Doma must also get the all-clear from Icon Water and TCCS before commencing work.

It expects to start construction on the apartments in 2021 after the public parks take shape by the end of the year.

They are due to be completed by mid-2022.

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21 Responses to Doma gets green light for Red Hill public housing site redevelopment
Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 9:50 am 13 Oct 20

Let me guess, $800,000-$1,000.000 for a three beddie?

Mario Vozella Mario Vozella 1:27 pm 12 Oct 20

The area is already traffic congested, good luck getting out in the morning for work with another 250 plus residents, at least half or more will have vehicles...also most buyers will be priced out of the market.....then we have a covid economy giving less job security and whilst money is cheap to borrow will banks lend up to a million to younger buyers ?let's see......interesting times.

    Steve Craig Steve Craig 3:50 am 14 Oct 20

    Mario Vozella and they re named cygnet crescent to cygnet drive

    Mario Vozella Mario Vozella 8:51 am 14 Oct 20

    Steve Craig the whole development is to benefit greedy land developers, not the general community, they will be overpriced as well.

    Steve Craig Steve Craig 3:16 pm 14 Oct 20

    Mario Vozella that’s typical these days and that’s Canberra too

bj_ACT bj_ACT 1:10 pm 12 Oct 20

Just like the flats across the road from the Canberra Centre. Many hundreds of public housing tenants sent to the outer rim of Canberra so the rich can enjoy prime locations, services and facilities. Public housing land sold off to make property developers richer.

I’m sure the original plan was for 500 dwellings of both public housing and private housing.

Then got cut back to 250 dwellings all private housing. They will of course all be affordable housing (if you’re Bill Gates or Twiggy Forrest).

    Maya123 Maya123 11:09 am 13 Oct 20

    Many first home buyers, to use your words, are also “sent to the outer rim of Canberra”. The public housing tenants wont be alone there. They will live near home buyers. However, public housing is still being build in inner suburbs as well. Public housing should be spread out through the city, not all concentrated in inner suburbs. That’s the America style; poor housing in the inner city, and that works out well.

    bj_ACT bj_ACT 4:18 pm 13 Oct 20

    What are you talking about? I’m not saying all public housing should be in the inner city and not spread around Canberra. I absolutely want public housing spread evenly across Canberra.

    You’re likely cherry picking some US inner city public housing issues. It’s definitely not widespread public housing covering American inner cities.

    But you have either missed the analysis the ABC undertook about the issue or have misunderstood where all those tenants from Northbourne, Braddon, Reid, Griffith and Red Hill have been moved to. I can guarantee their not living it up in a fancy apartment in New Acton.

    chewy14 chewy14 1:32 pm 14 Oct 20

    But the clear problem was that previously we did have an extremely concentrated public housing rate in the inner city, with very low levels in some suburbs.

    So all that has happened is a rebalancing of public housing rates to spread them out amongst the suburbs and most definitely not to the “outer rim” as you’ve claimed.

    This is why you’ve seen so many complaints from the NIMBY’s who’ve previously not had to put up with much public housing nearby.

    I think it was far more ridiculous under the previous situation, where public housing tenants were given units on prime inner city land, whilst working families were forced to the outer suburbs because they couldn’t afford anywhere else.

Lisa Bishop Lisa Bishop 8:52 pm 11 Oct 20

Typical. Hold local government accountable - vote.

Jill Worrell Jill Worrell 10:25 am 11 Oct 20

4 storeys plus an attic in a suburban area where all other buildings are max 2 storeys and no additional infrastructure improvements? Traffic in Dalrymple and Goyder St’s already busy during peak periods and with 250 dwellings there could possibly be two cars per dwelling..... planning authority says doesn’t require any road/access improvement or changes. Parking at shops for only about 25 cars. More traffic on already congested suburban streets when there is only one way to access Hindmarsh Drive to go to Woden.....hmmmmm

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 10:32 pm 11 Oct 20

    The problem is not the height by itself, but whether the buildings overshadow any existing buildings. The people are close enough to walk to the shops; right next door, so I can't imagine many getting into their car to drive the very short distance to the shops. Rather than worry about parking, mostly I walk to my local shops, which at 650 metres is further than will be needed with this development. I even walked to Coles in Manuka today, which is over 2.5kms. Although I caught the bus, with my purchases, part way home. And I bet this retiree is much older than most people who will live there. Think outside the car.

    Jill Worrell Jill Worrell 9:50 am 12 Oct 20

    Julie Macklin Unsure who you are referring to when you say this retiree is much older than most people who will live there. Can’t find any reference to a retiree. I think that's a huge assumption and an insult to assume that a persons opinion is valued depending on their age and employment status. I suggest downsizers will be living in these apartments and that many young people will not be able to afford the million dollar plus price tags So happy for you that you choose to walk to Manuka, even though this is irrelevant, but not everyone can, and quite frankly each to his own. I was not merely commenting on parking at the shops but traffic congestion in general. I try to be interested in and respect everyone’s opinion without the need to make assumptions or give unsolicited judgements or advice.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 12:26 pm 12 Oct 20

    Let me reiterate. This development is right next door to the shops, so can you really imagine many people getting into their car and driving next door? They would, I imagine be more likely to continue driving to Coles if they bother to get their car out. If it's like my local shops, from my observance (over years) when visiting them, most people do small shops. I can't remember the last time I saw someone come through with a full trolley. Most people only have an armful of purchases. They appear to go elsewhere to do a bigger shop. I don't know where you got, "Can’t find any reference to a retiree. I think that's a huge assumption and an insult to assume that a persons opinion is valued depending on their age and employment status." Are you trying to be funny?. It was obvious, that I was referring to myself. "this retiree" - me. If I wanted to be suspicious, I could say, that was a snide comment, aimed at me. Let me presume you didn't understand. As for who can afford these apartments; I can't find an actual price for them (the web-page, said to make an appointment), but I agree there will be some down-sizers interested in them, but it's surprising how many people younger than retirement age, who can also afford prices like you mentioned (if they are million plus). I think these apartments will be great for the area, and liven the shops up, which at present are a boring, uninteresting place to visit. Plus it's not as though the land was empty before; there were flats there previously.

George Watling George Watling 7:22 pm 10 Oct 20

Out with the needy in with the greedy. Good one Mr. Barr And now you want to build new public housing on our parks and open spaces. What a joke.

    Lyn Christie Lyn Christie 8:29 pm 10 Oct 20

    George Watling thought they we rebuilding on the area where there used to be public housing?

    George Watling George Watling 10:02 pm 10 Oct 20

    Lyn Christie Yes they are replacing the public housing with luxury apartments. They are then building public housing townhouses in parks and open spaces far form shops and services. Two things wrong with this are 1) they are building new townhouses in park and open spaces when their is an surplus of privately built townhouse on the market that could be purchased for public house removing the need to build in parks and open spaces 2) people who need public housing usually cant afford a car. They should be locate close to shops and services to give them fair access to those things.

    Lyn Christie Lyn Christie 10:22 pm 10 Oct 20

    George Watling looks fairly close to shops. Not sure they are building in parks or green space.

    George Watling George Watling 10:28 pm 10 Oct 20

    Lyn Christie The apartments Doma is building are not for public housing tents. They are for private sale to the highest bidder. No one who needs public housing will live there.

    George Watling George Watling 10:50 pm 10 Oct 20

    The government has build Public Housing in Darwinia park in Chapman, Bill Kennedy park in Holder, in the grasslands besides lake Tuggeranong along Drakeford Drive between Athllon and Erindale Drives. They are also in the process of planning to build social housing on Bill Pie park in Ainslie. There may be others. These are the ones I know of. We should keep open spaces and buy townhouses and apartments built near services for public housing.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 12:42 pm 12 Oct 20

    George Watling Lots of people who own homes, or rent privately, don't live next door to shops. Either because they can't afford to, don't want to (despite convenience, there can also be problems), or don't see it as a priority. That's how it is.

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