We invited feedback on a proposal to convert a temporary outdoor dining parklet on Belmore Road, Balwyn, into a permanent public space. This would require us to widen a section of the footpath to replace the 3 existing car parking spaces where the dining area is currently located.

Parklets are parking bays repurposed for outdoor dining. They became popular during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

The outdoor dining parklet is in front of Bin 3 Cafe and Wine Bar (395B Belmore Road) and Lavish Gift Shop (395A Belmore Road) in Balwyn East Shopping Centre. It was created as a pop-up extended dining area in November 2020.

About the proposal

We are proposing to extend the footpath to create a permanent area in the same location as the current pop-up dining parklet on Belmore Road.

This would support its long-term use by the local community, including for outdoor dining.

The proposed design includes:

  • extending the footpath area across the 3 parking spaces currently being used by the pop-up parklet dining area. The extended footpath area would enable the seating capacity to remain the same if the business owner chooses to use the area for outdoor dining. The seating layout chosen by the business owner would need to comply with Council’s footpath trading permit requirements.
  • adding an established tree (about 2 metres high) to the new area to provide shade
  • removing the park bench from this location to enable the space to be used as an extended outdoor dining area.

We have received positive feedback about the current pop-up.

Our community has asked us to focus on supporting local businesses and helping to create vibrant and welcoming places for community members and visitors to enjoy together.

How the proposed new area might look

See below the outdoor dining parklet as it currently looks and the artist impressions of the proposed permanent area.

  • The artist impression is of the proposed footpath extension only.
  • The actual layout is subject to change, for reasons including footpath trading permit requirements and the seating layout chosen by the business.
  • The tree we plant may be a different size and style to the one shown in the impression.

Aerial impression of proposed site

  • The artist impression is of the proposed footpath extension only.
  • The actual layout is subject to change, for reasons including footpath trading permit requirements and the seating layout chosen by the business.
Artist impression of aerial view of footpath extension showing a shaded area and outdoor furniture on the footpath between car parking spaces.

Next steps

Pending community feedback, and final permit approvals from the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning, the proposal will either:

  • Proceed, with works expected to be completed in the first half of 2024. The business owner can apply for a footpath trading permit to operate from the extended footpath area, or
  • Not proceed, and the business owner can apply for a parklet permit to continue to operate with the current outdoor dining set-up.

Have your say

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on our proposal.

The survey closed on 15 December 2023.