What is happening at the former Shenton Park Hospital site?

LandCorp is redeveloping the 15+ hectare site of the former Shenton Park Hospital which was decommissioned in October 2014. 

The site is planned to be redeveloped into a well-designed urban residential community.

Following an extensive stakeholder engagement program over the past 18 months, the draft planning framework documents are now available for public comment, closing 5pm Monday 18 April 2016.

The plans reflect the culture, history and existing landscape of the site, while providing for a range of modern housing options.

Why is this site being developed for housing?

Projections show that by 2050 Perth’s population will reach 3.5 million people.  As Western Australia’s land development agency one of our responsibilities is to ensure the availability of land for jobs and land for living for current and future Western Australians.

In achieving this objective, infill development is a key strategy to help make the most of existing infrastructure; including access to public transport, established work opportunities, businesses, and health and education facilities. We have an excellent track record in transforming underutilised government land including the nearby award winning redevelopment of the Perry Lakes Stadium.

LandCorp identifies suitable infill and urban renewal sites in established communities, and develop them in a way that is sympathetic to their surrounding environment and community. 

The former Shenton Park Hospital site, located close to the city and established infrastructure and community facilities, presents an ideal opportunity to help address Perth’s rapid population growth and improve local amenity and housing diversity.

How many homes will be built in the new development and how many people will live there?

As part of the planning process we have identified a minimum of 1100 dwellings to achieve the project’s vision and objectives. We have also tested a scenario of 1600+ new homes with various technical assessments to ensure there is sufficient local infrastructure capacity to cater for medium to long term market demand, meeting housing needs both now and into the future.

What level of density is being envisaged for the site?

We have spent the past 18 months consulting with local government authorities, the local community and local businesses to determine the best outcomes for this development site.

Under the proposed plans, it is envisaged that there will be a minimum density of a 1,100 dwellings units with a range of building heights across the site subject to meeting the requirements of the proposed Design Guidelines to be determined at development application approval stage.

Lower rise buildings, including stepping back heights from street edges in close proximity to neighbouring residents, Shenton College, Victoria House and the community park are proposed to minimise visual presence and privacy impacts. The development will be sympathetic to the existing community and its location, while also being responsive to the State Government’s planning needs and our city’s rapidly growing population.

How much will housing cost?

It is too early in the planning of the site to know this level of detail. Our aim is to provide a wide range of housing types with universal access opportunities that will appeal to people across different demographics.

How will this development fit in with the local community?

Design guidelines have been established for both landscaping and proposed buildings. The development will be designed to fit with the surrounding community and will consider important social connections. 

For example, it will provide for better integration with surrounding areas including pedestrian and cycling connections through the site, and to Shenton Park train station and Selby Street.

When will work begin onsite?

A start date for works hasn’t been finalised but demolition and remediation is likely to commence in early 2016. When demolition work does begin, LandCorp will ensure Site Management Plans are implemented to minimise any disruption to the community, and to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place.

LandCorp will be in touch with the local community and anyone who has registered an interest in the project via the LandCorp website and will provide regular updates throughout the development.

What is proposed for demolition?

In order to facilitate the future development of the site and meet overall timeframes for subdivision and land release, LandCorp is proposing to proceed with the demolition of various structures and trees in early 2016.

The proposed demolition management will be informed by significant technical and environmental investigations and studies, prepared as part of the development of the draft Improvement Scheme and Structure Plan.

Through consultation with the Heritage Council; Victoria House, the avenue of Queensland Boxwood trees and a portion of the G Block façade and courtyard will be preserved.

The first stage of works is proposed within the central and eastern portion of the site.

How long will the development take to complete?

We expect the development will take approximately 10+ years for the built-form to be fully completed.

When will the Master Plan be finalised?

The draft Master Plan was made available for public comment in early 2015. Feedback from both the community and key stakeholders has helped shape the latest version of the Master Plan for the site.

The Master Plan has now been released for public comment as an appendix to the Improvement Scheme framework. It can be viewed online at


Will this development feature public open space?

Approximately 23% of the site will be public open space, including expansive parklands and bushland areas offering residents all the benefits of Perth’s great outdoors in an urban setting.

What new amenities are being planned?

This project will deliver an urban style community with a range of housing choices to appeal to a broad range of residents across all age groups. It will offer a good selection of well-designed low maintenance housing opportunities to appeal to new residents as well as to local residents who may want to remain in the area and downsize their homes.

The development will also include a new shopping precinct with up to 5,500sqm of grocery and retail floor space, providing local shopping opportunities.

What impact will the development have on local traffic?

Traffic modelling for in excess of 1600 dwellings has been completed to support the Improvement Scheme. Modelling has determined that the development can be supported using the existing road network. 

Will the heritage of the site be protected?

Victoria House, the avenue of Queensland Boxwood trees and a portion of the G Block façade and courtyard will be preserved. The Heritage Council is an important stakeholder and has been and will continue to be consulted throughout the redevelopment to make sure it reflects the historical significance of the former hospital.

What impact have the new bushfire regulations had over redevelopment plans?

State Bushfire Mapping identifies the existing woodland as bushfire prone. In designing the project, LandCorp will ensure that design of the development balances both fire management and environmental objectives.

What will happen to the site’s woodland?

In response to community feedback LandCorp proposes to retain areas of significant trees and woodland to support an existing habitat for birdlife. To minimise impact on woodland and to improve public access to the existing woodland area, building footprints and roads have been consolidated and realigned, including building on an existing car park.

What approvals have been received for this development to progress?

The first milestone involving planning approvals is the current draft Shenton Park Hospital Redevelopment Improvement Scheme public comment period. The WAPC will consider all submissions prior to granting approval.

Why was the comment period for the environmental application done during the Christmas break?

LandCorp referred the project to the EPBC immediately after the EPA considered the development and after receiving the endorsement of the WAPC to advertise the draft planning framework.

The advertising process and timing of the environmental referral is the responsibility of the Commonwealth Department of Environment (DoE).

The LandCorp report said the small population of forest red tailed black cockatoos that used the site did not meet criteria for an important population. Is this the case?

Yes, LandCorp referred the consideration of the cockatoos using the site to the Department of Environment for determination based on expert environmental advice.

Why an Improvement Plan and Improvement Scheme?

Improvement Plans and Improvement Schemes are suitable planning mechanisms to guide the development of land identified by the WAPC as requiring ‘special planning’.

The Improvement Plan enables WAPC to:

·  Establish a strategic plan and development intent for the Shenton Park Hospital site

·  Guide the preparation of plans and technical studies required by legislation 

·  Provide a strategic planning framework endorsed by the WAPC, the Minister for Planning and the Governor, and

·  Authorise the preparation of an Improvement Scheme for the Shenton Park Hospital site.

The Improvement Scheme enables the introduction of a detailed planning framework prepared and customised to respond to the unique characteristics of the site and the desired development outcomes.

The Improvement Scheme will become the operative planning framework and both the local and region planning schemes will cease to be in effect for the Scheme area.. It also enables the introduction of local planning policies and design guidelines.

What are the objectives of the Shenton Park Hospital Improvement Scheme?

The objectives of the Shenton Park Hospital Improvement Scheme are:

·  To develop the site in a co-ordinated way;

·  To achieve high quality buildings and public place design that will establish a new benchmark for urban redevelopment in metropolitan Perth;

·  To enhance and integrate the key attributes of the site consistent with the overall redevelopment objective;

·  To integrate development of the public and private spaces into a safe and vibrant precinct with a variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, aged and medical accommodation, together with a diverse range of housing options;

·  To facilitate efficient, integrated and safe transport networks which provide for the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users and motorists;

·  To encourage sustainable technologies and design including best practices with regard to energy efficiency, water sensitive urban design and bush fire safety requirements;

·  To enable the delivery of land at a controlled rate over an appropriate period of time; and

·  To facilitate opportunities for investment by, and partnership with, the private sector.

What statutory approvals are required?

The Improvement Scheme sets out a statutory approvals process customised to reflect the nature of the site and the redevelopment.

What is the Western Australian Planning Commission’s (WAPC) role in the redevelopment?

In late 2014 LandCorp requested that the WAPC make the site subject to Improvement Plan and Improvement Scheme as the preferred mechanism to coordinate the redevelopment.

Improvement Plan No.43 – Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital was gazetted on 3 July 2015 and is now in effect. The Improvement Plan authorises WAPC to advance planning and development of the area through an Improvement Scheme. The Improvement Scheme is intended to be gazetted as a WAPC document

What is LandCorp’s role?

LandCorp, as Western Australia’s land development agency and the site’s largest landowner, will be facilitating the redevelopment in partnership with members of the Shenton Park Steering Committee (City of Nedlands, City of Subiaco, Department of Planning and Department of Lands).

How will Local Government be involved?

The City of Nedlands and the City of Subiaco are members of the Shenton Park Steering Committee, and will continue to be actively engaged in the redevelopment of the Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital site. LandCorp will also continue to consult with local government authorities throughout the implementation of the Improvement Plan and Improvement Scheme.

What community consultation has been undertaken during the planning for the redevelopment?

LandCorp has worked closely with local residents and key stakeholders during the past 18 months to shape the future redevelopment of this site. Community engagement has included:

·  Ongoing consultation with key stakeholder groups including state and local Government and surrounding residents and businesses

·  Extensive research on how the community values the site

·  A 600 person survey

·  A series of community  and online forums, to help shape the draft Master Plan

·  A Co-Governance model, which included  a range of key stakeholders and a Community Reference Group; and

·  A public comment period for the draft master plan, held outside of the statutory planning process

Where can I find out more information?

The planning documents are available online via the Department of Planning’s website www.planning.wa.gov.au/shentonpark

The Improvement Scheme, Scheme Report, Structure Plan, Design Guidelines and technical appendices are available via this link.

Hard copies can be viewed at:

·  Western Australian Planning Commission, Level 2, 140 William Street, Perth

·  State Library of Western Australia

·  Offices of the cities of Nedlands and Subiaco