Avon Valley Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL -

MI­CRO lots could be­come more com­mon in Perth with the State Gov­ern­ment re­leas­ing a draft po­si­tion state­ment to gov­ern their de­liv­ery.

This should lead to greater af­ford­abil­ity and more diver­sity of hous­ing choices for buy­ers, ac­cord­ing to the Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia ( UDIA WA).

Pres­i­dent Nick Allingame said mi­cro lots were one op­tion be­ing pur­sued by the de­vel­op­ment in­dus­try to pro­vide qual­ity hous­ing at an en­try- level price to suit firsthome buy­ers, empty nesters, down­siz­ers and in­vestors.

“The new guide­lines will hope­fully fa­cil­i­tate a broader roll- out of these lot types in more ar­eas,” he said.

Mi­cro lots are green ti­tle lots un­der 100sq m but larger than 80sq m.

While the lots may be small, the home’s floor space is of­ten dou­ble or triple the size, with high ceil­ings to pro­vide a greater sense of space.

There are al­ready suc­cess­ful ex­am­ples of their use in South Aus­tralia and Queens­land and a re­port by Ur­bis found they pro­vided hous­ing op­tions at about 70 to 80 per cent of the me­dian house price in the lo­cal­i­ties sur­veyed.

Buy­ers in­cluded first- home buy­ers, par­tic­u­larly those that were not pre­vi­ously look­ing to pur­chase a home due to price point ob­sta­cles, in­vestors, empty nesters and ac­tive re­tirees, sin­gles and pre- fam­ily cou­ples, di­vorcees and Gen Y in ar­eas close to the CBD.

The first mi­cro lot trial in WA was re­cently re­leased in El­len­brook.

“We can see from the suc­cess­ful launch that the mar­ket in WA is ready for this type of prod­uct,” Mr Allingame said.

“It is im­por­tant to note that homes on mi­cro lots are specif­i­cally de­signed to max­imise the small land size and should be lo­cated close to pub­lic open space, pub­lic trans­port and other amenity and ser­vices to com­pen­sate for the smaller amount of pri­vate space.”

As well as of­fer­ing a lower pur­chase price, Mr Allingame said the lots’ prox­im­ity to trans­port and other ser­vices meant the longer term cost of liv­ing was cheaper, ad­dress­ing over­all af­ford­abil­ity.

The gov­ern­ment’s draft po­si­tion state­ment pro­vides in­terim guid­ance for the lo­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment of houses on these lots and an im­ple­men­ta­tion mech­a­nism to en­sure a con­sis­tent ap­pli­ca­tion across WA. It can be read at www. plan­ning. wa. gov. au.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of homes on the newly re­leased mi­cro lots in El­len­brook by Now Liv­ing in part­ner­ship with LWP Prop­erty Group and the De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties.

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