Consultation has now closed. A report will be presented at the Ordinary Meeting of Council 18 August 2020.

We are planning a new centralised community precinct in Hampton to connect all current community services and programs in one facility, and need your feedback on three key areas before we can progress to the next stage.

Last year, we asked you what you value most about our current community services and facilities in Hampton and how we should be planning for these services into the future.

Based on feedback, we are now proposing to move forward with the draft Hampton Public Land Masterplan that recommends the long term direction for all 13 Council-owned sites within the Hampton precinct including the library, Community Centre, Playhouse, Senior Citizens Centre, Maternal and Child Health Centre, Scout Hall and car parks.

Each site will have an important role to play in delivering infrastructure to meet future community needs and will deliver a centralised intergenerational facility at which the community can gather, enjoy more public open space and improved car parking.

Have your say

Complete the survey on the draft Masterplan and three key aspects of the plan including the Playhouse, the sale of public land and the multi-deck car park as these are areas where feedback has been divided in the past.

Your response will determine how we move forward. If these elements are not supported, then we will need to revise the plans and look at other ways to make the community facility happen.

Consultation closes on Sunday 9 August 2020.

Council will be meeting with user groups of the community facilities and services.

Due to the current impacts of Coronavirus, Council will not be hosting information sessions for the public to attend. You can ask a question online if you would like.

You can also call, send an email or letter directly to Tom Vercoe the project lead, his contact information is below.

Council currently owns 13 properties in and around Hampton Street which accommodate a range of community services and facilities, including:

  • Community Centre
  • Library
  • Playhouse
  • Senior Citizens Centre
  • Maternal and Child Health Centre
  • Scout Hall
  • Seven car parks

Photos of current facilities are available further down the page.

Like all of Melbourne, Hampton is growing and changing. We expect the population of Hampton to increase by over 20% in the next 20 years.

With more growth, ageing population and young families moving to Hampton we need to plan for the future.

Currently, several of Hampton's important community services are operating at different locations in buildings which are not all built for their current purposes, restricting both the services we can deliver from these buildings and in some cases preventing the opportunity to grow in order to meet future community needs.

These demographic changes in Hampton will drive demand for a range of different services, including:

  • Programs and activities that respond to the needs of seniors groups;
  • Libraries
  • Early years facilities and services;
  • Parks and playgrounds built for all ages and abilities.

In order to provide flexible community spaces that can be modified to meet future needs as they change an opportunity exists to locate a number of these services together to improve outcomes for service delivery.

The Masterplan relates only to Council owned sites and is informed by:

  • The opportunities and constraints of each of the 13 sites within the centre;
  • A fit for purpose assessment to understand whether the facilities will meet future needs;
  • Past community engagement feedback in relation to the centre and a centralised community facility;
  • Technical expertise to inform the long term planning.

The Masterplan provides for:

  • Opportunities to redevelop sites to improve the public benefit in relation to open space, parking and community facilities;
  • The potential to divest sites that are deemed surplus to requirements and opportunities to purchase or acquire land that can serve the strategic objectives of the Masterplan;
  • A number of public realm improvements that can ensure new facilities are well integrated into their surrounds; and
  • The necessary vehicle and pedestrian network improvements required to ensure the vibrancy and accessibility of the centre.

What is not included?

This Plan does not propose to revisit matters such as whether a hub is necessary, or whether a centralised or alternate approach is appropriate.

The Masterplan does not intend to revisit the planning controls that are in place. Council has a robust planning framework in place to guide the built form and land use outcomes envisaged for the activity centre.

Further, this Plan does not make changes to the planning controls affecting individual properties that substantially alter the built form outcomes for these sites, particularly those which are identified as being surplus to requirements.

A community hub is an integrated, multi-purpose facility that provides spaces for Council, community service organisations and community groups to offer a range of services, activities and programs.

Community hubs accommodate wide ranging uses, but can include elements such as multi-purpose spaces, meeting and consultation rooms, libraries, neighbourhood houses, youth groups, early childhood facilities and other community spaces. Hubs provide communities with access to a variety of social, cultural, educational and recreational opportunities in a centralised location.

We have undertaken an assessment of all of our existing facilities and services alongside a future social needs assessment which has identified that our current buildings and services are not going to be adequate to meet future needs, with limited opportunities to expand our current buildings to be fit for purpose.

In previous consultations we asked you what you valued most about most about Hampton’s current community services and facilities.

Next we sought your feedback on two options that supported these values in planning a facility for now and into the future.

Council resolved to progress the concept design of a centralised option for future community facilities. To continue with development of this concept we require some further information from the community which we are seeking through consultation in July 2020.

You can read more about previous consultation here.

Council will review the feedback received following the engagement period and will provide update to the Master Plan prior to its adoption.

Informed by this consultation, Council will prepare a submission in September to State and Federal Governments to seek confirmation of funding and development of the multi deck car park.

This step is vital to the next steps of this project and will shape the preparation of a more detailed design for the structure.

Implementation of the Master Plan

Council’s ability to deliver the actions outlined in this plan will largely depend on its ability to access support and grants from the State and Federal Government. With a considerable budget required in particular for the hub element, Council will need to explore a range of funding mechanisms as it is unlikely that 100% of the cost will be able to be accommodated within Council’s capital works budget.

Through the next stages of the project, Council will need to investigate options for funding the projects, with opportunities for investigation including a Development Contributions Plan, use of the Public Open Space fund, potential State and Federal grants as well as public/private partnerships.

There are a number of both statutory and non-statutory actions that will be required to implement the outcomes from this Plan. These are listed below however may be further refined as implementation progresses.

Sites and locations in the Master Plan

Each site has a role to play in delivering future infrastructure, whether it be through providing a building at which the community can gather, public open space or car parking. The two primary opportunities to achieve redevelopment outcomes that will result in improved facilities are within the Willis Street Precinct, and the Hampton Library and Car Park site.

Project timeline

Long term diagram describing 10 year development and implementation schedule for the project. An accessible Word format version is available in the document library.

Project timeline from initial concept to implementation. This project involves substantial changes and investment and it is anticipated will take a number of years to work through design, resource allocation and staged construction. An accessible version of this timeline is available in the document library.