Developers almost ready to sell in Melbourne’s newest suburb

Lendlease, Satterley and Parklea are about to move into Pakenham East, the first of six new suburbs to be fast-tracked in Melbourne. The three developers will soon be able to submit applications following approval of the precinct structure plan and infrastructure contributions plans.

Pakenham East is one of six major greenfield development sites fast-tracked by the Victorian Planning Authority in response to the pandemic. The precinct will feature 7,200 new homes, town centre and convenience centre, four schools, three community centres and 44 hectares of local parks and sports reserves.

Priority greenfield projects to be fast tracked

SuburbDistance from CBDSizeStatus
Pakenham East65km SE630haApproved
Beveridge North West45km N1250haStructure Plan Finalisation
Craigieburn West25km N562haSubmission Review (to be submitted for approval June)
Shenstone Park30km N628haPlanning Pannel
Wallan East Part 145km N140haDraft Plan Preparation
Wallan South45km N806haDraft Plan Preparation
Source: Victorian Planning Authority

It took more than three years for the for the 630-hectare precinct on the northern side of the Princes Freeway to reach this stage.


Construction of Pakenham East will commence in early 2021 with clearing already visible on the site. The suburb will also serviced by the Pakenham train line extension set to open in 2024.

The Pakenham East concept plan shows 7,200 homes, four schools, retail spaces and 22 MCGs worth of parkland.

Acting planning minister Lily D’Ambrosio said this precinct will add more than $1 billion to the Victorian economy over the coming years .

“We’re ensuring the new community at Pakenham East is supported by the best infrastructure in the right places,” D’Ambrosio said.

“Pakenham East will provide an economic boost for the local community, with a pipeline of development for new homes, employment and community infrastructure.”

The new suburb will take advantage of the residential market turnaround where property prices have jumped 9.5 per cent since the end of September.

Written: 15 February 2021

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