Planning underway for shopping centres and education precinct

IF you have noticed a group of people walking around Bridgewater in late June, clipboards and cameras in hand then be assured that they were working on progress .

This is the type of progress that will see positive change come to Bridgewater’s two commercial areas – Green Point and Cove Hill Shopping Centres and, the areas surrounding them.

Brighton Council has engaged planning and engineering consultants, Aurecon  and urban designers, Inspiring Place, to review the appearance, design, traffic and infrastructure issues around Bridgewater’s commercial centres and to develop a master plan that will ultimately propose an improved physical appearance and function within the study area shown below.

The plan will consider the long-term development futures of the Shopping Centres, integration with the Bridgewater High School, open space areas, linkages to the river, streetscapes and the views of local residents.

Integrating the commercial centres with the proposed redevelopment of the school environment will be a critical outcome of the master planning process as will reviewing development opportunities around the shopping centres and improving the safety of pedestrians and drivers who use the local paths and roads that connect these facilities.

During the next three months, the consultants will meet with the local community and seek feedback on their ideas and concepts. Equally, the community’s ideas and comments will also be critical in the development of the improvements and the overall wellbeing of the Bridgewater commercial and educational precincts.

If you would like to contribute to this project or for more information please contact Rob Higgins, Brighton Council’s planner on 6268 7000 or email on