The City of Stirling initiated the Beaufort Street Activity Corridor project in July 2013 to improve Beaufort Street's pedestrian and urban amenity, and to expand the 'Local Character' of the iconic street. Following intensive community and landowner consultation, Council adopted the Beaufort Street Strategy, Beaufort Street Local Development Plan, and Amendment 60 to Local Planning Scheme No.3 on 17 May 2016. These documents together provide the framework for Beaufort Street's future development, creating opportunities for activity and encouraging development in keeping with Beaufort Street's character.

 

Beaufort Street is one of Perth's most vibrant and creative places. It is an important street which connects central Perth with its northeast suburbs and it serves the suburbs of Mount Lawley and Inglewood by offering a wide range of uses and services including shops, offices, restaurants and entertainment.

It is also home to people living in houses, flats and new apartments along the street and nearby. Located close to Perth CBD and with good public transport, Beaufort Street is attractive to medium to higher density housing development.

The City of Stirling identified that Beaufort Street has significant development potential which can utilise the high amenity and vitality of the street. However, street quality is impacted by a hostile car-oriented environment with through-traffic travelling aggressively in and through north-eastern Mount Lawley and Inglewood. The car-oriented environment, together with a lack of parking definition and a poor pedestrian environment, has diminished commercial activity and created a deficient environment in which to locate new higher density housing, without remediating these deficiencies.

Revitalisation of Beaufort Street in northeast Mount Lawley and in Inglewood will be achieved by creating amenity and prioritising pedestrians to reinvigorate businesses and provide a congenial location for new residents.

The Location

The approximately 2.8 km long Activity Corridor extends between Walcott Street in the southwest and Salisbury Street in the northeast. The Corridor generally includes the properties fronting Beaufort Street, but does not include the nearby residential areas outside of Beaufort Street itself.

Community Consultation

A 'Charrette' formed the core of the community and landowner consultation process. A 'Charrette' is a stakeholder-collaborative, design-based process, for which City of Stirling staff and its consultant team set up a temporary design studio at the Civic Hotel on Beaufort Street and developed plans for the corridor over a 10 day period in April 2014.

Urban designers rediscovered Beaufort Street's context, history and decoration and, with community support, found it is important that new buildings and facades should maintain the street's richness and create a satisfying sense of place.

Planning Framework

The planning framework for Beaufort Street's revitalisation is provided by the following documents adopted by Council on 17 May 2016:

  • Beaufort Street Strategy

The Strategy outlines the vision for the section of Beaufort Street located within the City of Stirling.

Beaufort Street Strategy 2016

  • Beaufort Street Local Development Plan

The Local Development Plan includes specific development control provisions such as, building heights, lot boundary setbacks and car parking requirements

Beaufort Street Local Development Plan

  • Local Planning Scheme No.3 - Amendment No.60

 The City prepared Scheme Amendment No.60 for the purpose of:

    • rationalising the various Zones along Beaufort Street
    • introducing new subdivision requirements and restriction of uses for lots
    • streamlining the various Additional and Special Uses

    The City is awaiting the Western Australian Planning Commission's approval of Amendment 60, with gazettal of the Amendment expected in 2017. 

Modifications To Character Retention Guidelines And Additional Heritage List Properties

Council adopted minor modifications to Local Planning Policy 3.1 Character Retention Guidelines for Mount Lawley, Menora and Inglewood to allow sites along Beaufort Street to be redeveloped in accordance with Beaufort Street Local Development Plan.

Beaufort Street Place Activation  

Since the Charrette in April 2014, much has happened to realise the community's dream of a more lively and beautiful Beaufort Street. This includes a Place Activation Plan for Inglewood and the establishment of the Inglewood on Beaufort community network. The network has adopted the Plan as its working document, and has worked closely with the City to implement it.

Achievements include the Inglewood Night Markets and responding to traders' calls by marking car parking bays along Beaufort Street in the Inglewood Town Centre to benefit trade. Pilot grants to support the community to implement the Plan include the Beaufort Street Green Space grant and the Inglewood Place Activation Grant. The grants have resulted in more trees, lighting, planter boxes, a pop up community garden, and murals.  The City is also partnering with the Beaufort Street Network and private business to bring more art to the street. 

 For more information about placemaking on Beaufort Street, go to the dedicated placemaking webpage.

Road Widening

The Beaufort Street project was undertaken independently of the road widening and construction works that took place along Beaufort Street. The City collaborated closely with the Public Transport Authority on the construction of a dedicated bus lane for Beaufort Street. However, these works were undertaken prior to the Beaufort Street project.

Further Information

For further information about the Beaufort Street project please do not hesitate to contact the City of Stirling on (08) 9205 8555.