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Perth’s urban infill goals intact despite tighter restrictions

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Recent changes to existing residential building codes in Perth will not deter the Western Australian Government from meeting its infill targets, according to Planning Minister John Day. The government had set a target of infill development in Perth to be at 47 per cent to prepare for a future population of 3.5 million. Greater urban infill and higher-density living is seen as a means of constraining sprawling suburbs. Mr Day has said that Perth cannot continue to rely on urban sprawl due to “the social, economic, environmental and transport costs involved.”

However these targets were met with backlash from some community groups and local councils with concerns over issues such as limited parking space for multiple dwelling developments. New tighter restrictions on residential building codes will mean that every apartment will require at least one parking bay. Other changes will limit the number of apartments that can be built in medium density zones. Higher density development will still be encouraged in areas within 800 metres of activity centres and train stations.

Property Council WA Chief Executive, Joe Lenzo, has described the government’s changes as a “backflip” which is a “contradiction to everything the government has already said about limiting urban sprawl...” Master Builders director of housing, Geoff Cooper, said his members would be “very disappointed by the changes…” and that this was move against market demand.

Planning Minister John Day still believes that the infill targets will be met despite the restrictions. "Getting more infill developments, urban developments is really important. There's no change to that view.” Mr Day.

Last modified on Friday, 24 July 2015 15:45

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