Social Infrastructure Assessment
HillPDA was commissioned by a private client to undertake a Social Infrastructure Assessment to better understand existing and emerging community needs in the Wentworthville locality.
The study established the community needs in the area to inform the nature of an on-site community facility to be dedicated to Council as part of the VPA. The assessment concluded that there was an existing and forecast gap in the provision of open space, sporting facilities, youth centres, childcare services, primary schools, libraries and police services in the Girraween – Westmead SA2.
In order to inform the assessment HillPDA reviewed and consulted a range of sources including government policies and research, desktop surveys, industry studies, demographic research, and service providers.
The assessment found that there was an existing and forecast gap of open space, sporting facilities, youth centres, childcare services, primary schools, libraries and police services in the Study Area.
On account of the Subject Site’s location within the core of the Wentworthville Town Centre, its close proximity to the rail station as well as Council’s objective to revitalise the Centre, the analysis indicated the development could contribute to addressing community needs on the Subject Site through a variety of potential land uses including:
- A child care facility
- A library or community hub; and
- An education facility and business incubator space (‘ideas store’).
These uses were seen to help revitalise the Centre during both the day and evening to add passive surveillance and activity.
- Government policy and research
- Social infrastructure needs assessment
- Consultation with service providers
Client: Private Client
Project date: 2015
For more information, contact Elizabeth Griffin, Principal