Northland Urban Renewal Precinct

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The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct (NURP) is located in East Preston, and is generally bounded by Albert Street, Bell Street, Murray Road and the Darebin Creek to the east.

In a regional context the area is part of the La Trobe National Employment Cluster, identified in Plan Melbourne as a focus for increased employment numbers and diversity in Melbourne’s north.

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is currently developing a framework plan for the La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster to guide the region's way forward.

Changes in East Preston

Economies nationally and regionally continue to undergo change, and the local Darebin economy in the Northland Urban Renewal Precinct (NURP) is no exception. Darebin is experiencing a shift in the nature of businesses and the types of jobs found locally. This change process has seen the downsizing or relocation of some large industries. Recent demographic forecasts indicate this area will experience significant population growth over the next 15-20 years. The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct has been identified to accommodate a share of this growth in the coming decades. This trend offers Council the opportunity to set a vision to shape the future redevelopment and create urban neighbourhoods that are strongly connected and easy to walk around.

Working Vision

NURP is a long-term planning project with a horizon of 30+ years. Considerable strategic work has been already been completed, guided by People, Place and Planet principles and with 5 strategic outcomes in mind:

  • Sustainability
  • Active Places
  • Resilient Economy
  • Creativity and Diversity
  • Health and Wellbeing

A broad vision for NURP based on these principles and outcomes was tested with the community and stakeholders in 2018. Consultation was also undertaken on plans to upgrade TW Blake Park, a key piece of open space within NURP.

What's happened so far?

We ran a number of activities in May 2018 to gain your ideas on how to develop the future vision and aspired outcomes for the precinct, as well as the TW Blake Park Concept Plan draft. The activities included pop-up sessions, as well as an online survey and ‘ideas hack’. You can see the concepts presented during the consultation sessions in the Document Library section (on the right). The feedback we received on our approach to developing the precinct was very positive. The information we gathered from these engagement activities will be used to guide future background projects and drafting of the planning documents.

You can find information and completed background studies in the document library.

What's next?

An urban renewal area the size of NURP requires detailed planning work to ensure the best possible long-term outcomes for the Darebin community.

Further technical work will be undertaken to inform the preparation of a draft Precinct Framework Plan, which is expected to be presented for community and stakeholder consultation in the second half of 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Hamish Jacobsen.


Darebin City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land and pays respect to their Elders past and present.

The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct (NURP) is located in East Preston, and is generally bounded by Albert Street, Bell Street, Murray Road and the Darebin Creek to the east.

In a regional context the area is part of the La Trobe National Employment Cluster, identified in Plan Melbourne as a focus for increased employment numbers and diversity in Melbourne’s north.

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is currently developing a framework plan for the La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster to guide the region's way forward.

Changes in East Preston

Economies nationally and regionally continue to undergo change, and the local Darebin economy in the Northland Urban Renewal Precinct (NURP) is no exception. Darebin is experiencing a shift in the nature of businesses and the types of jobs found locally. This change process has seen the downsizing or relocation of some large industries. Recent demographic forecasts indicate this area will experience significant population growth over the next 15-20 years. The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct has been identified to accommodate a share of this growth in the coming decades. This trend offers Council the opportunity to set a vision to shape the future redevelopment and create urban neighbourhoods that are strongly connected and easy to walk around.

Working Vision

NURP is a long-term planning project with a horizon of 30+ years. Considerable strategic work has been already been completed, guided by People, Place and Planet principles and with 5 strategic outcomes in mind:

  • Sustainability
  • Active Places
  • Resilient Economy
  • Creativity and Diversity
  • Health and Wellbeing

A broad vision for NURP based on these principles and outcomes was tested with the community and stakeholders in 2018. Consultation was also undertaken on plans to upgrade TW Blake Park, a key piece of open space within NURP.

What's happened so far?

We ran a number of activities in May 2018 to gain your ideas on how to develop the future vision and aspired outcomes for the precinct, as well as the TW Blake Park Concept Plan draft. The activities included pop-up sessions, as well as an online survey and ‘ideas hack’. You can see the concepts presented during the consultation sessions in the Document Library section (on the right). The feedback we received on our approach to developing the precinct was very positive. The information we gathered from these engagement activities will be used to guide future background projects and drafting of the planning documents.

You can find information and completed background studies in the document library.

What's next?

An urban renewal area the size of NURP requires detailed planning work to ensure the best possible long-term outcomes for the Darebin community.

Further technical work will be undertaken to inform the preparation of a draft Precinct Framework Plan, which is expected to be presented for community and stakeholder consultation in the second half of 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Hamish Jacobsen.


Darebin City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land and pays respect to their Elders past and present.