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Western Australia takes a step in the right direction for housing diversity according to REIWA

Amendments to City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Scheme a positive step for housing diversity

REIWA has commended the McGowan Government on its decision to approve the City of Fremantle’s amendments to its Local Planning Scheme to enable greater housing choice.

The plan states that lots between 600 and 750 square metres will now be allowed a maximum of three dwellings, including existing dwellings. While lots over 750 square metres will be allowed an additional dwelling for every 150 square metres in excess of 750 square metres.

Also stated in the plans was that any proposed development must have a minimum of 70 per cent open space in which 25 per cent must be deep planting zone to protect and enhance the City of Fremantle’s tree canopy including car parking facilities appropriate for the proposed development.

The approval of Amendment 63 will allow for increased medium density housing within special control areas in Beaconsfield, Fremantle, Hilton North, O’Connor, and White Gum Valley, enhancing liveability and affordability while preserving the character of these suburban areas.

REIWA President Damian Collins said this was a positive step in the right direction for Fremantle, one that would go a long way in helping to address the issues of housing affordability and diversity in the area.

“The City of Fremantle should be congratulated for their innovative approach towards embracing the missing middle. These amendments showcase how medium density housing can be applied effectively in well-established suburbs, without negatively impacting on the suburb’s character, charm and appeal.

“Density it a hot topic that is currently being debated across multiple local governments, most notably in Nedlands and Subiaco. The City of Fremantle has provided a great example of how council and community can come together to provide more diverse housing to accommodate its growing population while retaining the vibrancy and qualities that make these suburbs so desirable.

“The issue of housing affordability and diversity in WA remains pertinent and a coordinated approach from all levels of government is required to be able to address this,” Mr Collins said.

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