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As our city expands, we're planning for a Canberra that's inclusive, innovative, healthy, smart, active and fun. By developing new and improved properties, we ensure safe, affordable and secure housing choices are in place for everyone.

We want to hear your ideas on the proposal for a dual occupancy development at 9 Bacchus Circuit, Kambah.

The new development will include:

  • Two Class C Adaptable houses, comprising one 4-bedroom house and one 2-bedroom house, each with private car parking
  • good separation between the dwellings, with separate driveway access for each. The existing driveway location will remain on Bacchus Circuit, and a second driveway will be located off Simson Place
  • 6 star energy efficiency rating which means that they will be more comfortable to live in and cheaper for our tenants to run
  • Retention and protection of verge trees which will maintain the existing streetscape and landscape character of the suburb.

The proposed development is in close proximity to local schools, shops and public transport options available along Barritt Street and Kambah Pool Road.

The accessibility of the site and location, will enable tenants to walk to the nearby shops, schools and transport and will provide people with the opportunity to get involved and participate in their local community.

We will use your views to

We will use your ideas and feedback in preparing the Development Application for the development.

PLANS AND FEEDBACK

Please find below concept plans for a dual-occupancy development at 9 Bacchus Circuit Kambah. By developing new and improved properties, we ensure safe, affordable and secure housing choices are in place for everyone.

Thank you for checking the site plans and sharing your ideas on the development at 9 Bacchus Circuit, Kambah.

Please note: We inadvertently put up the incorrect concept plan when the site went live. We can confirm that the concept with the 2 driveways is the correct version that we will be taking to DA. Our apologies for any confusion this has caused.

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LOCATION

9 Bacchus Circuit, Kambah

The proposed development is in close proximity to local shops and services at the Kambah Village centre, schools and transport options available along Barritt Street.

The accessibility of the site and opportunities for tenants to walk to the nearby shops, transport and schools will provide people with the opportunity to get involved and participate in their local community.

BACKGROUND

9 Bacchus Circuit Kambah

Housing ACT is proposing to replace the existing 3-bedroom dwelling (built in 1975), with a new dual-occupancy development. As this is a large, well-positioned corner block, Housing ACT is proposing to construct a dual-occupancy comprising one 4-bedroom house and one 2-bedroom house, both Class C Adaptable, with separate driveway access for each dwelling.

Adaptable housing ensures that people of all ages and abilities can live within the home and it can be easily adapted to meet changing household needs without requiring costly or substantial modifications. This is part of the ongoing commitment to revitalise the public housing portfolio.

The design concepts have been prepared for community consultation and feedback. Each house will include car accommodation and private enclosed yards. There is good separation between the dwellings with separate driveways. The existing driveway location on Bacchus Circuit will remain and a secondary driveway will be provided off Simson Place.

All verge trees on the site will be retained. Two trees inside the existing rear fence line, will be removed to accommodate the proposed secondary driveway off Simpson Place.

The proposed development is in close proximity to local schools, shops and public transport options available along Barritt Street and Kambah Pool Road. The accessibility of the site and opportunities for tenants to walk to the nearby shops, schools and transport will provide people with the opportunity to get involved and participate in their local community.

The houses will be built to a minimum 6 star energy efficiency rating which means that they will be more comfortable to live in and cheaper for our tenants to run.

Our commitment

Housing ACT is committed to providing public housing in all suburbs across Canberra, to build communities that are diverse and vibrant that enable people to achieve positive social and economic outcomes.

We are committed to collaborating with the community, to build neighbourhoods that are inclusive and welcoming, that offer safe and affordable housing to those who need it most.

What we do and why

Housing ACT provides tenants with safe, affordable and appropriate housing in a sustainable social environment. We provide housing to those Canberrans most in need including people in extreme financial hardship who are unable to find accommodation elsewhere.

Public housing makes up about 8% of all housing in the ACT.

  • 25% is located in Belconnen
  • 18% is located in Woden and the inner south
  • 23% is located in the inner north
  • 21% is located in Tuggeranong

Shape and scale of the development

New developments will be modern, energy efficient and include a mix of sizes to suit different tenant requirements, including properties that can be adapted in the future, to enable tenants to age in place.

New buildings will be built to a 6 star energy efficiency rating which means they will be cheaper to run.

A variety of materials and building features will be used, along with existing vegetation to blend the development into the streetscape. The scale and form of the new buildings will seek to reduce the visual impact of the development from the street, and will be in scale with the neighbouring buildings.

Who are our tenants?

Public housing tenants include a broad range of people including a high proportion of older people (approximately 26% are aged over 65 years), women (64%), as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people with disability (63% of our tenants access the disability support pension).

Approximately 75% of our tenants live in single person or single parent households. About 27% of our tenants are children under the age of 15 years.

Some of our tenants stay in public housing for only a short period of time, until they can ‘get back on their feet’. Others stay in public housing longer-term.

The range of our tenants means that the housing we provide needs to be diverse to meet the needs of different people. We provide family homes, single-person apartments, accessible housing and housing that is close to essential services such as medical services and public transport.

Building better housing

Redeveloping our properties allows us to ensure that safe, affordable and secure housing is made available for vulnerable Canberrans who need it – now – and into the future.

More than 70% of our housing stock was built before the 1990’s, therefore building new public housing and redeveloping existing public housing allows us to replace older stock with modern, more contemporary designed buildings with improved energy efficiency.

It enables us to apply a ‘salt and pepper’ approach to development to reduce concentrations of disadvantage, and build well-designed dwellings that look and feel like other housing in the neighbourhood.

Delivering public housing close to essential services helps to ensure that the varied support needs of tenants can be accommodated and it is an important step in supporting some of our community’s most vulnerable people.

Housing ACT looks to the following principles when designing new public housing:

  • Quality design – consistent with the existing and future character of the suburb
  • Transparent, honest and open communication with the surrounding tenants and community.
  • Liveable design – a more flexible, easy to access and navigate, liveable space, designed to have a positive impact on tenants and the neighbourhood
  • Design that enhances the streetscape
  • Design that aims to promote a sense of pride for tenants, harnessing a supportive community for both the tenants and the wider community, ensuring that tenants feel safe and comfortable within the new housing development

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