According to Brisbane City Council, the Neighbourhood Plan for Newstead has been made to help balance industrial, business and residential uses in Newstead North in order to help brand the area as a desirable inner-city precinct and support its economic growth. Once complete, the Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan will become part of Brisbane’s planning scheme to guide the newest developments and infrastructure in Newstead North.
The Newstead North plan area includes parts of Bowen Hills and Newstead and is approximately three kilometres north-east of the Brisbane CBD.
Prior to writing the draft for Newstead North’s Neighbourhood Plan, a draft strategy was developed which contains a number of key ideas that underpin the plan’s actions and policy decisions. These ideas are relatively simple and over-arching, but their concepts allow for a vast number of specific and pin-pointed moves in terms of zoning, property development and industrial activity.
Firstly, the Neighbourhood Plan intends to support the ongoing role and continued evolution of inner-city industry and business activity by:
- Retaining Newstead’s low impact industrial zoning to reflect the strategic inner-city industrial land designation.
- Reviewing on-street car parking timeframes
- Continuing to support ‘ancillary uses’ and creative industries which support evolution of industry, like local workshops and small local business manufactures that offer a range of handcrafted timber objects and furnishings
Breakfast Creek Wharf
Breakfast Creek Wharf has been identified as a key development site and local destination in Newstead, and part of the Neighbourhood Plan will focus on nurturing this area. The plan contains initiatives that will foster a redevelopment of Breakfast Creek Wharf, including:
- Connecting Newstead Park to Ross Street Park to enhance publicly accessible to the waterfront along Breakfast Creek
- Imposing development regulations that respect the ‘gateway experience’ from Breakfast Creek Road and its context to surrounding areas and views
- Facilitating high-quality mixed-use development along Breakfast Creek Road
- A high-quality urban edge to Breakfast Creek Road, and
- Creating additional supply of office and retail space.
According to Council, Breakfast Creek Wharf will be a convenience centre that includes a mix of uses including retail uses that will serve the local community of residents and workers. The mix of uses and their location within the development will encourage the public to use the site and enjoy the amenity of Breakfast Creek.
Breathing New Life
The Neighbourhood Plan also includes policies and development concepts that aim to “breathe new life into public places, parks and streets”, in order to create a new sense of ease and enjoyment for people living in Newstead. While the ideas are yet to be implemented, they include:
- Implementing street tree planting and streetscape improvements along Breakfast Creek Road
- Implementing ‘City of lights’ along Breakfast Creek Road and Newstead Park
- Creating a small urban plaza along Breakfast Creek Road
- Optimising and connect the network of public spaces
- Revitalising Ross Street Park
- Implement streetscape works in alignment with the streetscape hierarchy to improve the pedestrian experience, and
- Improving current pedestrian and public transport connections.
Newstead’s Neighbourhood Plan will also implement the policies of the City Plan Flood overlay code in new “well-designed built forms” in response to the threat of flooding.
- Background research and community consultation was undertaken in 2015.
- Draft renewal strategy was released in mid 2016
- Council endorsed the draft Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan and was sent to the Queensland Government for the first State interest review.
- The freshly reviewed draft plan will be available to the public for consultation early 2017.
- Consultation will be complete and the plan will be adopted by the end of 2017.
Source: The Urban Developer