Bentleigh East Neighbourhood Activity Centre

We have developed a Built Form Framework for the Bentleigh East Neighbourhood Activity Centre.

On this page you will find:

  • The Built Form Framework
  • The Project Timeline
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you to everyone who shared their views.

Council adopted the Built Form Framework for the Bentleigh East Neighbourhood Activity Centre at a Council meeting on 23 November, 2021. You can access the agenda and minutes online.




What is the Bentleigh East Neighbourhood Activity Centre?

Found along Centre Road in Bentleigh East, the Centre is a hub where people shop, work, meet, relax and transit from. While smaller than areas such as Carnegie, Bentleigh or Elsternwick, the Centre still has an important role in meeting community needs. The Built Form Framework applies to the main shopping strip area of the Centre outlined in the map below. It doesn't apply to the surrounding residential land or suburb.

Like many Neighbourhood Activity Centres, Bentleigh East is attractive and growing, with new buildings being constructed. There are different views in the community on these changes. Some enjoy the commercial and social activity that new buildings (and new residents) can bring to the shopping area. But we also hear feedback on the need to make sure new buildings better meet community expectations, are designed well and fit in with surrounding buildings.

That’s where the Built Form Framework comes in.

What is the Built Form Framework?

The Framework sets out recommendations for the size, shape, form and placement of future buildings . To do this, it reviews existing buildings and surrounds, considering size, position, characteristics, shape of the land, how buildings relate to each other, and heritage, together with planning policy.


How will it help?

The Framework's analysis is a first step towards new planning controls for the strip. Found in the Glen Eira Planning Scheme, planning controls set out requirements for new buildings. They provide Council with more capacity to assess the suitability of applications for new buildings and influence their size, shape and design. In other words, they give us more tools to respond to the community’s feedback.

Having planning controls in place will make it clear to owners, businesses, residents and the community about acceptable building form and design. They will also help us to retain local character, and ensure the Centre continues to be an enjoyable place to shop, live, work, and gather.


What do we need to consider when seeking to develop and put in place new planning controls?

Neighbourhood Activity Centres like Bentleigh East are identified by State and local policy as suitable locations for new housing and 'mixed-use' (shops, offices, services and homes) buildings, because of their good access to transport and services.

A moderate level of growth and new development is expected and supported. We need to demonstrate that we have allowed for this, in order to develop and successfully obtain authorisation for new planning controls for Bentleigh East. We need to demonstrate that we have:

  • planned for both current and future communities for this area, by guiding growth to the most suitable locations;
  • are consistent with policy and planning guidance (including Victorian Planning Practice notes); and
  • communicate a vision informed by a built form and character review together with the views of the community.


If you'd like to stay in touch with this project, please subscribe to the right on this page to receive updates by email.

We have developed a Built Form Framework for the Bentleigh East Neighbourhood Activity Centre.

On this page you will find:

  • The Built Form Framework
  • The Project Timeline
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you to everyone who shared their views.

Council adopted the Built Form Framework for the Bentleigh East Neighbourhood Activity Centre at a Council meeting on 23 November, 2021. You can access the agenda and minutes online.




What is the Bentleigh East Neighbourhood Activity Centre?

Found along Centre Road in Bentleigh East, the Centre is a hub where people shop, work, meet, relax and transit from. While smaller than areas such as Carnegie, Bentleigh or Elsternwick, the Centre still has an important role in meeting community needs. The Built Form Framework applies to the main shopping strip area of the Centre outlined in the map below. It doesn't apply to the surrounding residential land or suburb.

Like many Neighbourhood Activity Centres, Bentleigh East is attractive and growing, with new buildings being constructed. There are different views in the community on these changes. Some enjoy the commercial and social activity that new buildings (and new residents) can bring to the shopping area. But we also hear feedback on the need to make sure new buildings better meet community expectations, are designed well and fit in with surrounding buildings.

That’s where the Built Form Framework comes in.

What is the Built Form Framework?

The Framework sets out recommendations for the size, shape, form and placement of future buildings . To do this, it reviews existing buildings and surrounds, considering size, position, characteristics, shape of the land, how buildings relate to each other, and heritage, together with planning policy.


How will it help?

The Framework's analysis is a first step towards new planning controls for the strip. Found in the Glen Eira Planning Scheme, planning controls set out requirements for new buildings. They provide Council with more capacity to assess the suitability of applications for new buildings and influence their size, shape and design. In other words, they give us more tools to respond to the community’s feedback.

Having planning controls in place will make it clear to owners, businesses, residents and the community about acceptable building form and design. They will also help us to retain local character, and ensure the Centre continues to be an enjoyable place to shop, live, work, and gather.


What do we need to consider when seeking to develop and put in place new planning controls?

Neighbourhood Activity Centres like Bentleigh East are identified by State and local policy as suitable locations for new housing and 'mixed-use' (shops, offices, services and homes) buildings, because of their good access to transport and services.

A moderate level of growth and new development is expected and supported. We need to demonstrate that we have allowed for this, in order to develop and successfully obtain authorisation for new planning controls for Bentleigh East. We need to demonstrate that we have:

  • planned for both current and future communities for this area, by guiding growth to the most suitable locations;
  • are consistent with policy and planning guidance (including Victorian Planning Practice notes); and
  • communicate a vision informed by a built form and character review together with the views of the community.


If you'd like to stay in touch with this project, please subscribe to the right on this page to receive updates by email.

Page last updated: 18 Feb 2022, 10:49 AM