Hampton Park Central is a Major Activity Centre located in Casey's west. The Centre serves a catchment of approximately 30,000 to 60,000 people and provides retail, commercial, medical and community services. Beyond Hampton Park, it also services communities in Hallam, Narre Warren South, Lynbrook and Cranbourne North.
The inclusion of appropriately and well designed activity centres is a key tenet of Plan Melbourne, the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) and the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) of the Casey Planning Scheme, particularly Clauses 22.01 Retail Policy and 22.02 Non-Residential Uses in Residential Areas Policy.
Plan Melbourne aims to create a city of 20 minute neighbourhoods where people have convenient access to goods and services within 20 minutes of where they live, travelling by foot, bicycle, or public transport. This Development Plan responds strongly to these objectives. In this context, the subject site provides an opportunity to create local jobs and high density housing close to services in a street based high amenity activity centre to meet the needs of residents living in Hampton Park and surrounds.
There are currently two major challenges for Hampton Park Central which undermine its potential in being a vibrant destination for the community: the centre’s access & movement, and urban design.
Underlying these two issues is the centre's fragmented land ownership, and its irregular subdivision. A lack of coordination and holistic management of the site has resulted in a centre with disconnected movements, blank walls, and a scattered built form.
The site is currently lacking in open green space, wayfinding signage, permeability of the walking environment, and a sense of place.
This Development Plan aims to address these challenges.