What is planned for the site?

Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is working to deliver residential and community development on up to 40% of the land at Lawson.  The site is located at the former Belconnen Naval Transmitting Station in Canberra’s northern suburbs. DHA seek to transform this large secure site into a vibrant and connected community for Defence families, the local community and the public.  The proposed development is currently referred to as Lawson North.


A significant portion of the 144-hectare site will be preserved for conservation.  Extensive investigations into flora and fauna, heritage and contamination have been undertaken to ensure environmental assets are protected and that the site is ready for the agreed proposals.

The proposed development, delivered over a number of stages, will provide open space, parkland and community facilities for residents and the wider public to enjoy. The design of the proposed estate balances the history and environmental values of the site with residential and community uses. 


Stage 1 proposes to deliver a mix of low-density and medium-density residential development, including about 170 residential dwellings on approximately 22 hectares of land.


Stage 2 proposes to expand the developable area by approximately 30 hectares to deliver a mix of low-density and medium-density residential development, including approximately 400 additional residential dwelling.


Stage 2 signifies the future proposed development of the site, but this stage may be delivered in a number of releases, depending upon planning approvals and demand.

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These combined stages could see the total residential development proposed at Lawson North deliver approximately 570 dwellings. About half of the dwellings will be retained for Defence members and their families, with surplus land lots being released for public sale.


The proposed development for Stage 1 is consistent with the current Development Control Plan (DCP), while Stage 2 would seek to modify the DCP to expand the area for residential development. 


DHA provides housing for Defence members and their families. Defence housing requirements within this region has increased and therefore DHA is seeking to meet this demand within the Lawson North development. 


Lawson North is currently in the planning and design stage.