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We’re seeking feedback on our concept design for a pocket park coming soon to 7 Well Street, Brighton.

Council decided to create a pocket park on Well Street, just a short stroll from the Church Street shopping precinct, in December 2021 following community support for more public open space in the area.

Our community told us they wanted ‘a passive space for relaxation, sitting and reading’ during consultation in late 2021 on the future use of the site.

Now we want to ensure our concept design meets community needs and expectations. Your ideas will help shape the detailed design of the pocket park.

Click on the flashing icons to see some of the design elements that will be included in the park. Please note this map is illustrative and not intended to provide exact locations.


Planting palette

View the types of native and Indigenous vegetation we're proposing to plant in the park. Images have been provided by Pauline Reynolds and Landscape Architects.

Frequently asked questions

The 700m2 pocket park is intended as a passive space for local residents and visitors to relax and enjoy a quiet moment in nature. Located just a short walk from the Church Street shopping precinct, the park is a convenient place to have lunch or a coffee throughout the day. The area will include features such as outdoor seating, a picnic table, bike racks and accessible pathways.

The park will showcase a range of native and indigenous vegetation including, shrubs, grasses, flowering plants and large trees. Check out the planting palette on the project page to see the different types of vegetation we’re proposing to plant.

Council has budgeted $100,000 towards the development of the pocket park.

Construction of the new pocket park will commence in mid-2023, with the park set to open to the community in the later half of the year.

The residence at 7 Well Street was purchased by Council in 2005 with the intention to provide additional car parking in the Church Street activity centre.

To facilitate this process, we commenced a planning scheme amendment C165 in 2019 to rezone the site from a General Residential Zone to a Public Use Zone. An independent Planning Panel was appointed to consider submissions, ultimately recommending that the amendment be abandoned. This rezoning process was also unsupported by the Minister for Planning.

Council resolved to investigate alternative land use opportunities at the site as part of a community engagement process in March 2021. Community engagement was undertaken between 7 October to 7 November 2021 seeking community views on the potential future use of 7 Well Street. The feedback showed strong support for site to be returned to public open space, at two-thirds or 64% of the 689 submissions.


Complete the survey form

Upload a written statement

Timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community engagement – Support for idea

    7 October - 7 November 2021

    Understand community support for the proposal.

    Council considered community feedback and decided to create a pocket park at its December 21 meeting.

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Community consultation

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Consideration of community feedback

    A Community Engagement Summary Report will be prepared

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Detailed plan designed

    A detailed design will be created incorporating feedback from the community based on the concept design

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Construction

    Construction of the new pocket park is set to commence in mid-2023

To make a submission or enquiry, please get in touch via the following methods:

  • Online via the survey on this page
  • Ask a question in the Q&A forum
  • Email Paul Gibbs, Open Space Coordinator pgibbs@bayside.vic.gov.au
  • Phone 9599 4735
  • In person to the Corporate Centre at 76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham
  • Post to Bayside City Council, PO Box 27 Sandringham 3091
  • Anonymously via the postal, phone or email details above.

Please note: Materials can be provided in accessible formats on request

Submissions close 13 February 2023

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