What is the Vision Concept?

In February we released a broad vision for the redevelopment, which followed more than 12 months of consultation with the community and other stakeholders. Feedback was sought on this Vision Concept to gauge whether the community thought we were on track, before we undertake detailed investigations during the master planning phase.

How many people responded to the initial Concept Plan?

505 people responded.

The responses have been grouped into dominant themes: connectivity, active sporting space, design, green public spaces, density, affordability, historical preservation.

How will the community responses be used?

The Vision Concept has now provided a starting point for a more detailed conversation with community members and stakeholders. From here, the project team will critically analyse these and other elements during master planning later this year. LandCorp are still in the early phase of this process; there will be more detailed plans to follow and more opportunities for comment.

Is the Vision Concept the final design for the development?

No. The Vision concept is an early plan that indicates one possible interpretation of feedback that has been received to date from the community  and other stakeholders. During Master Planning, significant detailed work will be undertaken to investigate how the development could be undertaken from a more technical level. Further consultation with the community will take place over the coming months to further develop the plan.

How will the lack of playing surfaces / loss of active sporting space from previous concepts be addressed?

The Subiaco Oval playing surface will be retained and for the first time, made accessible for school and community use.  Mueller Park will continue to remain as public open space.  The Kitchener Park Plan was an initial concept plan that was produced but not endorsed prior to the announcement of a new school at the Oval.

Recent community feedback revealed a desire to see Mueller Park more utilised or “activated” through music events, night markets, etc, but without development. This will be taken into consideration as part of the master planning phase of the redevelopment project.

Will Rosalie Park be redeveloped?

Rosalie Park will not be redeveloped as part of the Subi East project; Rosalie Park is outside the Subiaco Redevelopment Area.

How does Subi East fit with Local Planning Strategy number 5 (LPS5)?

The planning for Subi East has coincided with the negotiations between the State Government and the City of Subiaco concerning infill targets and the creation of Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS 5). As a result, a range of different density targets for Subiaco have been communicated to the community by different parties over the past few years, which has understandably created confusion: 

  • August 2017, Subiaco Council adopted Draft LPS 5 – 6,200 additional dwellings, including an increase of 800 new dwellings within Subi East.
  • September 2018, WAPC made modifications to LPS 5 – 9,000 additional dwellings, not including Subi East. 
  • February 2019, City of Subiaco recommended a modified Draft LPS 5 – 8,500 additional dwellings, including all of Subi East. 
  • February 2019, the State Government released a Vision Concept for Subi East – proposing the area around Subiaco Oval and the former PMH site could accommodate at least 2,000 additional dwellings. 
  • June 2019 - City of Subiaco voted on modifications to the LPS5 scheme and have referred it to the WAPC for a recommendation. The final determination on the Scheme Amendment will be made by the Minister for Planning.

How will the Redevelopment project address traffic management?

Traffic congestion has been identified as both a current issue and concern from the community for future redevelopment. With a new school opening next year and many new residents expected to live in Subi East in the coming years, traffic management will form a major element of our planning and will require a cross-government approach.

We are working closely with Main Roads WA, the Department of Transport, the Public Transport Authority and the City of Subiaco to explore current traffic issues and plan for expected growth. As we move into the master planning stage, we will undertake detailed traffic modelling, to ensure redevelopment is supported by efficient road and transport networks. 

Will Roberts Road and Hay Street remain one – way or become two –way?

Allowing for two-way traffic on Hay Street and Roberts road has not yet been decided. Main Roads and the City of Subiaco will be working together to finalise a decision on this matter. In the meantime, the redevelopment of Subi East will be modelled based on both scenarios.

How will you address parking in the overall development?

Parking was identified as a current problem and concern for future redevelopment of the area.

Similar to traffic considerations, a detailed analysis of parking will form a key aspect of the master planning phase. This is a long-term project based on population projections for 2050. Therefore we will be working closely with the City of Subiaco, Inner City College, Perth Modern School and other stakeholders to ensure a coordinated approach, and one that works well into the future. 

The provision of parking will be commensurate to the stage of development.

Will Bob Hawke College get prime use of Subi Oval?

More than 100 years after the first game of football was played at Subiaco Oval, Subi East will see one of Perth’s favourite sporting grounds opened up for all to enjoy – including school students, local sports clubs and the community. Subiaco Oval, as an active playing field, will accommodate Australian Rules Football for all age categories. A detailed management plan on use of the oval will be undertaken through the City of Subiaco who will ultimately manage access to the Oval.

Why are there no height restrictions on the building heights?

The Vision Concept is a broad, early indication of what Subi East could look like in the coming decades. Detailed analysis will take place during master planning, which will include development of specific Design Guidelines that align with DesignWA principles. These will provide far greater detail to guide the design of all future buildings within the precinct, including information on heights, setbacks, podiums, preferred land uses and sustainability ratings.

How will the precinct be connected internally and externally?

Subi East will be a connected, vibrant community, with outstanding public transport access and a network of pedestrian and cycle paths linking it to the surrounding neighbourhoods of West Leederville, Subiaco and West Perth:

  • The area around Subiaco Oval more accessible by reconnecting Subiaco Road and Haydn Bunton Drive.
  • An upgraded network of shaded, tree-lined walking and cycling-friendly connections woven through Subi East will connect to Rokeby Road and Hay Street, as well as surrounding activity hubs including West Leederville centre, West Leederville train station and West Perth.
  • A new pedestrian bridge across the rail line will connect West Leederville to Subi East and the wider Subiaco community, and the long-term vision to create connections across the rail line will be investigated as the planning process progresses.
  • Existing underpasses to West Leederville Station and Thomas Street (PMH) will be upgraded, further strengthening Subi East’s links to surrounding communities, transport and the Perth CBD.

The vision for Subi East will see a smarter suburb, with more bike paths, better rail connections, improved traffic underpasses and, above all, more pedestrian-friendly spaces – making the most of excellent rail and road links, while keeping suburban streets safe and slow.

How will you ensure development reflects existing character/charm of Subiaco?

Subi East will reflect and celebrate the rich heritage and history of the area, and the role it has played in the lives of generations of Western Australians. Dual cultural narratives of indigenous and non-indigenous history will be imbedded throughout the project. The stories and heritage of the Whadjuk people will be recognised and shared throughout Subi East, reflecting their ancient connection to the area.

The precinct will reflect the local character of Subiaco, with tree-lined, leafy streets and green spaces a key feature of the new community. Community members will have a unique opportunity to enjoy and engage with WA’s historic home of football, with Subiaco Oval opened up for all to enjoy as public open space in the heart of Subi East. The historic significance of Subiaco Oval will be celebrated and preserved, with the heritage-listed gates and the Sandover Medal Walk to be restored and protected. Princess Margaret Hospital provided care and comfort to WA children for more than 100 years. The strong connections many Western Australians feel to the former hospital will be recognised and celebrated through the preservation of some existing buildings, including the heritage listed Godfrey House and the Multi Faith Centre, which will be adapted for future use.

Will there be affordable housing?

The design of Subi East will conform to the State’s policies on affordable housing. The project will also ensure that a diversity of housing types are provided within any future development.

How will development impact surrounding landowners financially?

The State Government will invest significantly in the urban renewal of Subi East. This will include removal of the aging Subiaco Stadium and former Princess Margaret Hospital, to pave the way for new public spaces, amenities, and infrastructure, which is expected to catalyse quality private development. The overall objective is to realise the potential of the area and deliver a liveable, high-quality precinct that capitalises on its proximity to the city and access to transit links. 

Are any trees being removed?

The Concept Vision identifies the retention of two fig trees on Haydn Bunton Drive in situ, whilst one fig tree is to be relocated adjacent to Inner City College.

It is intended to retain all mature trees on the site of the stadium as part of the demolition works. A detailed review from an aborist will be undertaken to confirm the long term viability of the trees.

Why does the Vision Concept look bulky and boring?

Yes, at the moment it does look a bit boring. But this is because we’re only at the vision stage. The buildings shown in the drawing are indicative only – demonstrating where buildings are likely to be located, not what they will actually look like. Design Guidelines will soon be developed to guide the design of future buildings within the precinct, including information on heights, setbacks, podiums, preferred land uses and sustainability ratings.

What is Master Planning?

A master plan is a detailed long-term planning document that provides a sites layout to guide future growth and development. Master planning is about making the connection between buildings, public areas, and the surrounding environments. This process determines, the sites layout in detail, heights, and the public spaces.

When will the Master Planning Phase begin?

Master planning on the Subi East Redevelopment will begin once Government formally approves funding for the project to proceed. Once funding has been approved, the project team will procure a wide range of consultants to assist in refining the initial concept plan.

Will I be able to have input into the Master Planning Phase?

Yes. All of the community feedback to date will be collated and provided to a team of consultants. It is envisaged that there will be a number of opportunities for the community to be involved in the next level of planning - particularly around areas such as Traffic, Urban design, Heritage and Landscape design. These areas have been identified based on the feedback received to date from the community. Details of opportunities for input will be provided over the coming months.