Castle Plaza

Castle Plaza Upgrade/Extension

Council is currently considering a proposed extension to the existing Castle Plaza Shopping Centre and the development of commercial and residential uses on the former Hills Industry site, and the redesign of the local road network, whilst taking advantage of the proximity to public transport (bus and train).

The subject land comprises of the existing Castle Plaza Shopping Centre and the former Hills Industry site on the northern side of Raglan Avenue.

The proposal requires the rezoning of the Hills site from an “industry zone” to a “mixed use zone” in order to facilitate the development of the intended uses. Council has been undertaking a “Development Plan Amendment” process (process to rezone the land) which has involved consultation with the public and the relevant government agencies.

In summary, the proposal envisages the following:

  • A Mixed Use Zone facilitating the redevelopment and expansion of the existing shopping centre into a more intensely developed, compact and vibrant “mixed use activity centre” with a focus on integration with public transport.
  • Inclusion of a range of appropriate and compatible commercial, cultural, civic and community uses.
  • Creation of “active frontages” at street level to provide a sense of vitality.
  • Provision for higher density housing (both stand alone and above compatible commercial and retail uses).
  • Creation of a network of pedestrian and cycle paths to provide ease of movement through the area for non-vehicular modes of travel.
  • Closure of a section of Raglan Avenue to create a pedestrian mall with cafes, restaurants, etc. that provide after-hours activity.
  • Realignment of Ackland Street, providing a connection between Raglan Avenue and the Edward Street/South Road intersection.
  • Creation of high quality open space and public plaza areas, incorporating landscaping, street furniture and public art, for people to socialise and enjoy.
  • A possible future train station located adjacent the area at Raglan Avenue.
  • Creation of a new character for the locality with high quality contemporary architectural styles at greater density, scale and height.

At the 28 April 2015 General Council Meeting, Council endorsed the Development Plan Amendment on the proviso that any contamination on the former Hills site is re-mediated so that the land is suitable for the intended uses.

The DPA has been forwarded to the Minister for Planning for consideration and endorsement.

An audit of the re-mediation works for the former Hills site has being undertaken by an accredited environmental auditor. A final report from the auditor has been issued to the EPA for endorsement.

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