Local residents of Box Hill are currently seeing changes to the suburb as more high-rise buildings continue to be approved for development within the activity centre.
The on-going developments are the focus of the concept Plan Melbourne, which seeks to create a 20-minute neighbourhood where major facilities can be accessed quite easily and quickly. These facilities include:
- Community service
- Recreational opportunities
The General Manager of City Development Jeff Green anticipates that there will be higher density development occurring in Box Hill, as it is a key part within the Box Hill Structure Plan.
The Structure Plan classifies Box Hill as a Central Activities District that enables more opportunities for employment, a strong retail sector, housing development and accessibility for transport.
There have been issues with traffic congestion as roads are being partially blocked for machinery used in construction. This is causing delays for buses that frequently access the Box Hill public transport hub, as it is stationed right next to the construction of 31-storey building Sky One.
It should not be a major issue as Jeff Green said, “Council officers also closely monitor traffic and parking matters within the Metropolitan Activity Centre and closely liaise with VicRoads and other State Government agencies to address traffic and parking matters.”
Currently there are more than five high-rise buildings either being built or going to resume construction soon, and local residents are worried what this will do to the locality of the suburb.
Secretary Helen Harris from the Box Hill Historical Society said, “The Society’s concerns are to do with incorporating good quality design, including strong environmental actions such as double glazing, and the use of renewable energy.”
The society believes it is important to “increase pedestrian amenity” by creating more footpaths and roadways.
The Whitehorse Structure Plan clause 22.07 shows that the historical landmarks of Box Hill Gardens and Kingsley Gardens are safe from new development, as they are key open spaces that need to be protected. However a large portion of the Metropolitan Activity Centre is allowed to have many major developments, as shown in the image below.
High-rise buildings to look out for:
- The Taxation Office located 913 Whitehorse road Box Hill
- Recently opened Whitehorse Towers located 850 Whitehorse Road Box Hill
- Under construction 31-storey Sky One located 545 Station street Box Hill
- What used to be spotlight will become three high-rises located 845-851 Whitehorse road Box Hill
- A 31-storey mixed-use development located 34-36 Prospect street Box Hill
And there are plenty more to come.