Melbourne’s North will soon open to thousands of Victorian families after Minister for Planning Richard Wynne announced the approval of the Wollert Precinct Structure Plan (PSP).
Rathdowne in Wollert is Villawood’s $250 million master planned project and flagship community in the north and one of a number of developments planned for the region.
The approval was announced on Friday, February 10 to a group of families who have already purchased land in the future community, as well as Villawood Properties Chief Operating Officer Phil Hanna who hailed the announcement as an exciting milestone.
“Certainly here at Rathdowne the Minister’s announcement puts us one step closer to creating a community that is the epitome of Melbourne’s cosmopolitan lifestyle, which will be achieved through an impressive Residents Club, bustling Town centre and a dynamic urban retail hub delivering inner-city convenience right on residents doorstep,” he said.
“With projections that the population in Wollert will grow by 40% by 2031 and the focus on transport infrastructure and education under Plan Melbourne, demand for land in the region is set to accelerate and we’re excited to be able to deliver families a very high quality of life at Rathdowne.”
Rathdowne is just 30km from Melbourne’s CBD and is the closest broad-acre development to the Hume Freeway on Craigieburn Road East. This, paired with the fact that Rathdowne is just five minutes from Craigieburn station, makes it easy for residents to travel to and from the city.
Set across 121 hectares and with over 1,000 homes, the community will feature a mix of freestanding and medium density housing, constructed over four precincts, each with its distinct character.
The centerpiece of the urban development is the Residents’ Club, a Villawood Properties hallmark and the only one of its kind in the region. The Residents Club will include multi-use courts, pool, fully equipped gym, venue spaces and more set in surrounds of premium, yet welcoming, spaces and activities for the community to meet and interact with friends, family and neighbours.
The proposed town centre will comprise 5,000 square metres of retail floor space, including specialty retail, cafes, and a major supermarket. It will offer a café and dining-centered lifestyle that evokes the community’s namesake, Rathdowne Street, Carlton. The town centre will be well positioned within the community with bike and pedestrian paths connecting the town centre to the entire neighbourhood.
Beyond the modern conveniences of urban life, the community’s design makes full use of the features of the natural landscape and is designed for walkability. This approach to urban design, based on a very clear project vision gives Rathdowne the dual quality of dynamic urban hub and idyllic, serene retreat.
Rathdowne was met with an extremely positive response when the community launched in November 2016, with more than 60 lots sold in the past two months. There has been much interest in the upcoming release of land which is scheduled for release in February.