Medium den­sity still flies high

RE­PORT FINDS AP­PROVALS HIT MORE THAN 32 PER CENT

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

THE City of Cock­burn con­tin­ues to push for medium den­sity de­vel­op­ment, with more than 32 per cent of all hous­ing ap­provals last year com­ing for units, town­houses and semi-de­tached homes.

The re­cently re­leased Bankwest Hous­ing Den­sity Re­port out­lined a statewide growth of 0.4 per cent in medium den­sity hous­ing ap­provals for the 12 months to Novem­ber 2015, de­spite the num­ber of free­stand­ing ap­provals fall­ing.

The City of Fre­man­tle was ranked sixth in the state, with medium den­sity ac­count­ing for 59.3 per cent of all ap­provals, while the City of Cock­burn ranked ninth with 32.2 per cent.

Perth City, South Perth, Bel­mont and Vic­to­ria Park topped the list with more than three quar­ters of all ap­provals classed as medium den­sity.

Bankwest pri­vate bank­ing gen­eral man­ager Greg Caust said the num­bers were a big drop from the pre­vi­ous year, which recorded a 35.7 per cent growth in medium den­sity ap­provals in WA.

“While that re­flects the min­ing down­turn in WA it is en­cour­ag­ing to see that there is still some growth in the medium den­sity space,” he said.

Cock­burn plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices di­rec­tor Daniel Arndt said while the city hadn’t tar­geted an in­crease in medium den­sity de­vel­op­ment, frame­works they had put in place were al­low­ing it to thrive.

“Cock­burn has de­vel­oped a num­ber of frame­works in con­junc­tion with ma­jor land de­vel­op­ers which pro­vide a de­gree of con­fi­dence for unit de­vel­op­ers in in­vest­ing in the City,” he said.

“The City has also worked with those land de­vel­op­ers to en­sure the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture is in place to fa­cil­i­tate medium den­sity de­vel­op­ment.

“Medium den­sity dwellings are be­ing de­vel­oped in many ar­eas across the City which the plan­ning frame­work pro­vides for, in­clud­ing in­fill ar­eas such as parts of Spear­wood, Hamil­ton Hill and Cool­bellup, new large scale re­de­vel­op­ment ar­eas such

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