Medium density still flies high
REPORT FINDS APPROVALS HIT MORE THAN 32 PER CENT
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