46 to 58 Marlborough Street


46 to 58 Marlborough Street, Balaclava



Why are we doing this?

Council aims to respond to the growing issue of housing affordability in the City of Port Phillip to support the health and wellbeing of all residents.

The impact

As part of this project, we’re considering having Council-owned land at 46-58 Marlborough Street, Balaclava redeveloped into community housing to support lower income residents experiencing housing stress.


The site is currently used as an off-street carpark and has been earmarked for community housing for several years as identified in the City’s Affordable Housing Policy and Council Plan 2017-27.

This offers an important opportunity for Council to retain a redeveloped public carpark and further provide residents with much needed community housing.

The City of Port Phillip is now ready to take the next steps with HousingFirst (formerly Port Phillip Housing Association) as Trustee of the Port Phillip Housing Trust (PPHT).

Council Resolutions


At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 15 August 2018, Council resolved to proceed with the conditional transfer of land at the site for community housing.

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 7 March 2018, Council unanimously resolved to progress this redevelopment and enter into a Heads of Agreement with PPHA (as Trustee). According to the agreement, PPHA (as Trustee) will develop the site for community housing with Council retaining the redeveloped public carpark. The Heads of Agreement is available to review in the support documents below.

Next steps

A number of important milestones as outlined above are required before the development of the site and its transfer to HousingFirst (as Trustee) could occur.

Council has given advance formal notice of its intention to sell the land and considered public submissions as required under the Local Government Act 1989.


HousingFirst has prepared a development application. This has recently been available for public viewing and community submissions. Council resolved in December 2019 to approve the planning permit application.

Council resolved on 6 May 2020 to extend the deadline for obtaining the development permit and construction funding and to also carry out an additional detailed contamination investigation at the site. This report can be viewed here.

Architectural concept sketch

DOIG Architecture has prepared the community housing development architectural concept sketch (PDF 2.6 MB).

This concept sketch is indicative only and subject to change. Should the project reach the stage of the development application, the architectural concept will be the subject of a public exhibition process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

More information

If you have further queries, please contact Anthony Savenkov, Senior Property Project Manager via ASSIST on 03 9209 6777.