Middleton Beach, Albany

Consultation has concluded for the statutory planning process, for this project.

On Tuesday 23 February, City of Albany Council endorsed the Middleton Beach Activity Centre Scheme Amendment and Structure Plan for advertising for public comment.

To view the Scheme Amendment, Structure Plan and associated documents, click here.

The statutory process is being run by the City of Albany. If you are seeking to make formal comment on the Scheme Amendment and Structure Plan as part of City Of Albany's Statutory Public Comment Period, submissions must be sent direct to the City by Thursday 14th April 2016. Click here for the link to the City's Public Comment webpage.

To support the public comment period, which opened on 3 March 2016 and will run for 42 days, LandCorp hosted a Community Information Session on Saturday 19 March 2016. The information and presented at this forum is now available for viewing.


On Tuesday 23 February, City of Albany Council endorsed the Middleton Beach Activity Centre Scheme Amendment and Structure Plan for advertising for public comment.

To view the Scheme Amendment, Structure Plan and associated documents, click here.

The statutory process is being run by the City of Albany. If you are seeking to make formal comment on the Scheme Amendment and Structure Plan as part of City Of Albany's Statutory Public Comment Period, submissions must be sent direct to the City by Thursday 14th April 2016. Click here for the link to the City's Public Comment webpage.

To support the public comment period, which opened on 3 March 2016 and will run for 42 days, LandCorp hosted a Community Information Session on Saturday 19 March 2016. The information and presented at this forum is now available for viewing.


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  • Hello, I was wondering if there is an online forum for the public to have a say about the proposed developments to Middleton beach? I have only just become aware of the full impact of changes that appear to be already accepted? A 12 storey building in that beautiful area is just disgusting.. the whole feel of that beautiful beach would be totally ruined. I currently go there all the time, but would have no desire to visit the beach you have pictured above. Why on earth would we want our stunning beach to look like Perth beaches.. our attraction to tourists is in our beauty, not in our being just like every other cities ruined coastline. one totally astonished local here.

    Lily11 asked about 3 years ago

    Hi and thanks for your question.

    All formal submissions on the Middleton Beach Activity Centre should be made to the City of Albany. The planning documents and information about how you can make a submission are available online via the City of Albany’s website –

    http://www.albany.wa.gov.au/your-council/public-comment

    The deadline for all submissions is Thursday 14th April 2016.

    Thanks and regards

    LandCorp Project Team



  • My main concern is the impact on the flow of traffic coming from Marine Drive into the area, and how traffic flow through the area and in particular on Adelaide Cres. This area I believe will be a bottle neck and could potentially have a negative impact on the attraction of tourists and locals into the area.

    Meric asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    A Transport Assessment of the proposed development has been undertaken, which shows that the roads and intersections will have the capacity to operate satisfactorily through all scenarios including peak season traffic movements. The completed Transport Assessment is on our website for downloading - http://www.landcorp.com.au/Industrial-and-Commercial/Middleton-Beach-Albany/Downloads/

    Thanks and regards

    LandCorp Project Team





  • Some residents below expressed concern about the impact of tall (5 storey) development adjacent to the POS and beach, to which you replied modelling and imaging would be prepared to show these impacts as part of the consultation exercise. Landcorps are now proposing 12 storey (45metres) tall buildings immediately adjacent to the POS and Norfolk pines, with no development set back. Yet you have still not provided any modelling of the relative heights of this development, no visual impact assessment from and along the beach, or other prominent public vantage points. Can you advise when this will be done?

    resident asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks for your question.

    Information regarding heights, including artist impressions of the proposed hotel development was made available at the Community Information Session on Saturday 19th March. This information is also available on our website http://www.haveyoursay.landcorp.com.au/albany-middleton-beach?preview=true

    The City of Albany also has all the Information Boards and Artist Impressions from the Community Forum on display at their Library and Administration Building.

    More detailed information regarding the propose development is also available in the Structure Plan and supporting docs, which can be downloaded at: http://www.landcorp.com.au/Industrial-and-Commercial/Middleton-Beach-Albany/Downloads/

    Thanks and regards

    LandCorp Project Team


  • Hi, will there be any information/minutes released from the Community Information Day? I was unable to attend and would like to know the outcome from the meeting, Thanks

    Laura asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks for your question.

    All the information and artist impressions that were shared at the Community Information Session are now available on our website. http://www.haveyoursay.landcorp.com.au/albany-middleton-beach?preview=true

    The City of Albany has also made the same information available at both their library and administration office.

    thanks and regards

    The Project Team




  • Parking. I note what is an existing access for suppliers to the rear of three anchors is shown as carparking. Parking for this end of Middleton beach has been markedly reduced. How does this cater for the predicted increasing parking demand over the next 10 years

    jon asked over 3 years ago

    Hi.  Thanks for your question.  Any future development will ensure that service access is maintained to the Three Anchors. This will be provided for during the detailed design phase.

    A transport assessment study has been undertaken and overall there will be an increase in public parking bays across the Middleton Beach Activity Centre area.

    Regards

    LandCorp Team

  • I still believe that this project is not for what the community really would like to see at Middleton Beach. It's more along the lines who is going to make the most money out of the project and make the area like city developments and not a country feel.

    Mat asked almost 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comment.

    We need to remember that this was a privately owned site that was always intended for development by the private sector. However, with the site remaining vacant for almost 10 years, the State Government decided to step in and asked LandCorp to negotiate a sale with the private owners. With the land now under Government ownership, we are in a position to proactively drive this project forward by doing all that is feasible to make the site attractive to private developers.

    At the end of the day, of course, market conditions will determine developer appetite, but in the meantime the big benefit of this being a Government project is that we can work with key stakeholders and the community to incorporate your feedback into the planning for the site.

    Thanks and regards

    LandCorp Team





  • By realigning Flinders Parade a developer can maximise any structures "Edge Activation". As a consequence this realignment pushes the 5 storey (potential - see a, d & g) structure eastward and closer to the beach. Every metre that this structure encroaches onto our public space presents ramifications. One of my concerns is the afternoon shade cast by this structure. Norfolk Island Pines already filter the afternoon sun and as a result the temperature on the beach drops rapidly. This effectively shortens the available daylight hours for our community's beach goers. This "Preferred" structure will be solid and will cast an unyielding shadow far in excess of that currently experienced. In the warmer months, I join many from the community who hurry to Ellen Cove after the day's work for a splash, protected from the prevailing winds. After 5pm the working community and their families get a short window of opportunity to savour this small pleasure before the Albany air chills. My question is... How do Albany locals feel confident that their current environment and amenities will be safeguarded from encroaching development? Thanks Craig.

    Amanda Keesing asked almost 4 years ago

    Dear Craig,

    Thank you very much for your question and feedback on the Middleton Beach development. Continued insights from the local community are important and very much appreciated as we progress the plans for the site.

    As you may be aware, the draft preferred concept plan was developed after extensive consultation with key stakeholders and the local community. Over the next few months we will be undertaking a number of technical studies, which will include looking at potential building heights from a construction and site suitability perspective as well as a design perspective, where building height, form and location/orientation will be considered to minimise any impact from overshadowing.

    As part of the public advertising period for the statutory planning we will also create three dimensional imagery of the proposed development and buildings to help the community visually understand how the site may look at ground level from various locations around Middleton Beach. We anticipate this next round of engagement to occur towards the end of 2015.

    If you haven’t already, we would encourage you to register your interest in this project so we can keep you informed as we progress the plans for the site

    Thanks and regards

    LandCorp Team.





  • what is the human impact on this beach?

    nicola asked almost 4 years ago

    Thanks for your question. The development is set back from the beach and technical studies will be carried out to ensure there will be no impact on the beach.

    Thanks and regards

    LandCorp team.

  • I am probably late to have my say but I say trash every plan. Middleton Beach only needs low rise accommodation for locals and tourists as well as shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Multiple interesting jetties off the beach with underwater lighting for more engaging summer swimming. There are so many cheap and inventive options that could make that space very appealing all year.

    Best beach asked almost 4 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback. We are currently reviewing all the public comments we have received over the past six months to prepare a preferred concept for the Middleton Beach site. If you would like to be kept informed of how the plans progress for the site, please register your details on this site.

    thanks and regards

    LandCorp team.

  • Has research been done of national and international planning schemes in similarly sensitive urban/natural environment/ beach front cites that have been built and that work? (Melbourne, Barcelona, As an architect and with an interest in urban planning I believe that buildings of scale of maximum 7 stories forming street edges, as opposed to tower + infill of varying heights is a more effective and approachable built solution. 7 storeys maximums allows commercially viable density and results in engaging built environment that can then take on local identity , customised to purpose. 12 storey development is completely unnecessary and inappropriate to the site and the City of Albany and would I believe result in unoccupied space or would necessitate high tariff luxury accommodation to pay. Other models would be more effective both as resultant built form that Albany would embrace as their own and as a profitable. The planning documents should be descriptive not prescriptive to facilitate high quality Architectural Design to ensure a development of long term validity and viability.

    Leith S asked about 4 years ago

    Thanks for your question.

    LandCorp will be appointing a team of professional consultants to the project including planners, urban design and landscape architects and environmental consultants. The consultants will have experience on a national and international level to take into account the sensitive nature of the site from an urban, coastal and environmental perspective. Their advice will provide appropriate information for the statutory planning process which will include the preparation of a Local Planning Scheme Amendment and Local Structure Plan over the Middleton Beach site. Appropriate heights will be outlined as part of this process and the community will be encouraged to comment on the documents when they are advertised for public comment.

    with regards

    The LandCorp Team

  • Why was the south west corner of the site offered as a possible location for the tallest building(s)?

    AJB asked about 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The southern edge of the site has been considered the most appropriate as it allows for a higher building(s) to be located closer to the Mount Adelaide landform, which would seek to reduce the visual impact from surrounding areas, minimise potential overshadowing of urban areas and the beach and enable building heights to graduate down toward the existing 2-3 storey in the north west and enable new ground level beachfront activity to connect with the existing cafe.

    The south- west corner could also be appropriate if it was felt that the taller building should step back in scale from the beachfront. Care would need to be taken in the relationship with the existing building character along Adelaide Crescent.

    Regards

    LandCorp Team



  • In the short term, (it may be several years) until development is approved, please could the shabby and 'prison-like' fence be taken down? Could it be replaced with a lower minimal style border fence and become a natural 'regrowth' park with a few access paths and be made Temporary Public Open Space? The site has been an unsightly impost on an otherwise spectacular beachfront since the Esplanade Hotel was demolished.

    Jane Mouritz asked over 4 years ago

    Thanks for your question.

    We have started discussions with the City as to what short term changes can be made to the fencing and site accessibility prior to the land being sold to a private developer.

    Over the next few months we will be undertaking ground investigations to provide technical information for the planning process and until these works have been completed we are unable to remove the fencing due to safety reasons. Once these works are complete we will liaise with the City to determine what interim measures are appropriate for the site.

    Kind regards

    LandCorp Team





  • Will local businesses and resources be used to develop and build the proposed hotels/apartments/shops ? or will it be outsourced to a large company that has no consideration for locals in need of work and businesses that could do with the extra work?

    Charles asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The State Government, through LandCorp, is working with the City of Albany and the Albany community to progress plans for the Middleton Beach site in preparation for development by the private sector. The progress of this development ultimately will rely on private sector investment to transform the currently vacant site. That is why LandCorp together with the City are working to put the pieces in place that will attract private developers. As part of this process we will encourage and facilitate interest from local developers as well as encourage the use of local content and suppliers.

    Regards

    LandCorp Team








  • How are the plans to proportion the development of this site retail, commercial, short stay and permanent stay. This a Historical tourist site and should be encouraged to be developed for everyone to enjoy tourists as well as local people. My experience with Permanent Residents in this setting is it does not always work, as they want to set rules and regulations which restrict the use of the area to tourists and general peoples enjoyment

    Heather M asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question and interest in the project. Many aspects of the vacant Middleton Beach redevelopment have yet to be determined, the site offers potential for a mix of uses including hotel and tourist accommodation, as well as residential apartments and small commercial offices. There will also be opportunities for retail, cafes/restaurants, and community facilities with connections to the foreshore.

    LandCorp encourages you participate in an on-line survey which is now open, and closes Sunday 8 March 2015. Key stakeholder and community feedback will input into the plans for the vacant Middleton Beach site in preparation for development by the private sector.

    Thanks and regards
    LandCorp Team


  • Would the hotel and development be in the style of the previous demolished hotel? The previous building fitted-in so well with the character of Albany, which is what we need to retain if we are to attract tourists to this city. Some currently fashionable trends in hotel and development design can be found in any city - we need to be unique and in our own style.

    janhea asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question and interest in the project. Many aspects of the vacant Middleton Beach redevelopment have yet to be determined, the site offers potential for a mix of uses including hotel and tourist accommodation, residential apartments and small commercial offices. There will also be opportunities for retail, cafes/restaurants, and community facilities with connections to the foreshore. LandCorp encourages you participate in an on-line survey which is now open, and closes Sunday 8 March 2015. Visit the “Have Your Say” page on the website www.landcorp.com.au/middletonbeach/have-your-say/(External link). Key stakeholder and community feedback will input into the plans for the vacant Middleton Beach site in preparation for development by the private sector.

    Thanks and regards
    LandCorp Team


  • my question is .... why offices? Ican see tempory offices for developers at build time, however I can se no community reason for offices in a beach location.

    Michael Barber asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question and interest in the project. Many aspects of the vacant Middleton Beach redevelopment have yet to be determined, the site offers potential for a mix of uses including hotel and tourist accommodation, residential apartments and small commercial offices. There will also be opportunities for retail, cafes/restaurants, and community facilities with connections to the foreshore. LandCorp encourages you participate in an on-line survey which is now open, and closes Sunday 8 March 2015. Visit the “Have Your Say” page on the website www.landcorp.com.au/middletonbeach/have-your-say/ . Key stakeholder and community feedback will input into the plans for the vacant Middleton Beach site in preparation for development by the private sector.

    Thanks and regards
    LandCorp Team

  • When is it anticipated any work will be started at the site?

    Graham asked over 4 years ago

    Development timeframes will depend on securing private developers, and will be subject to their project schedules. In the meantime, we will continue to work towards preparing the site to get it ready for development. This will include progressing through the statutory processes.

    Thanks and regards
    LandCorp Team





  • What priority is being given to family-friendly, affordable accomodation at Middleton Beach?

    Georgina asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your suggestion and interest in the project. Many aspects of the vacant Middleton Beach redevelopment have yet to be determined, the site offers potential for a mix of uses including hotel and tourist accommodation, small commercial offices and residential apartments. There will also be opportunities for retail, cafes/restaurants, and community facilities with connections to the foreshore. LandCorp encourages you participate in an on-line survey which is now open, and closes Sunday 8 March 2015. Visit the “Have Your Say” page on the website www.landcorp.com.au/middletonbeach/have-your-say/ . Key stakeholder and community feedback will input into the plans for the vacant Middleton Beach site in preparation for development by the private sector.

    Thanks and regards
    LandCorp Team





  • Hello, my question or suggestion is ... "why not build the original Hotel & accommodation package that was presented to City of Albany by the Singapore Group that purchased the old hotel & land before the World Economic Financial crash ? The Plan that was submitted to City of Albany Town Council by The Singapore Group looked quite suitable to replace the old Middleton Beach Hotel that the City of Albany passed to have demolished. If I remember correctly the style of the building plan they submitted to Council, merged in with the surrounding Middleton Beach area, looking like it was another smaller sloping hill rise that nestled back into the the beach side scene. Middleton Beach & the Albany area needs an up market 5 Star Hotel that could house some Permanent Flats along with Top Holiday accommodation available to be put back in my point of view!" Respectfully, Diane Marshall, Mt Melville. PO Box 5777, Albany. WA 6332

    Diane Bax-Blechynden asked over 4 years ago

    Thanks for your suggestion Diane, it is certainly a key consideration. As part of the planning for this site, we will be investigating the history and all of the previous plans drawn up however, the State Government recognises the importance of also gaining key stakeholder and community feedback to contribute to the planning and design of this area to maximise the potential of the project for private developers and the community alike.

    Thanks and regards
    LandCorp Team