Sunshine all set for revival

By Tate Papworth

A development plan for a site in Anderson Road has been described as a “significant piece of infrastructure for Sunshine”.

The plans, to create a “highly accessible medium density residential community” at 112-116 Anderson Road, were presented to Brimbank council last month.

The site is 400 metres away from the Sunshine railway station, which is set to be the centrepiece of the airport rail link and Sunshine super hub, and borders the H.V. McKay Memorial Gardens.

An estimated 350 dwellings has been proposed, including 265 apartments (mostly one and two bedrooms), and 85 townhouses, which will range from two, three and four bedrooms.

Councillor Bruce Lancashire said it was a significant piece of infrastructure for Sunshine.

“We have taken a keen interest in this proposal to convert the KG Chaplin Reserve to a premiere residential development,” he said.

“This site is significant for many reasons including its proximity to the Sunshine shopping centre and its proximity to what will become the Sunshine super hub – giving its residents an amazing level of public transport.

“The articulated built form of this development will provide for a wide variety of family types,” he said.

He said the use of rear-loading garaging access from the laneways would reduce the impact of garages on streetscapes.

One point of contention had been the impact the development may have on the iconic
H.V. McKay Memorial Gardens.

However, Cr Lancashire said that had been taken into consideration.

“Development along the … garden will be limited to two-three storeys, which is appropriate for fronting such a sensitive frontage to a park. The remainder of the site will potentially accommodate nine-storey development.”

Cr Sam David said he believed the development would benefit the gardens.

“More safety and security and everything that goes with it. We welcome the idea,” he said.

The development plan was approved, subject to the inclusion of changes specified by council officers.