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Changes to WA legislation for more diverse housing

New changes to the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Scheme are expected to enable greater housing choice, following approval by WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

The approval allows for increased medium density housing within special control areas in Beaconsfield, Fremantle, Hilton North, O’Connor, and White Gum Valley.

It aims to improve liveability and affordability while preserving the character of the suburban areas.

Lots between 600 and 750 square metres can now contain a maximum of three dwellings, including existing dwellings, with lots over 750 square metres allowed an additional dwelling for every 150 square metres over 750.

Any proposed development must have a minimum of 75 per cent open space, a quarter of which must be deep planting zones to enhance the City of Fremantle’s tree canopy. Car parking requirements will also apply.

The State Government aims to promote housing diversity and innovative housing types to meet the need of changing demographics.

The City of Fremantle will monitor the effectiveness of the amendment with a five year ‘sunset clause’ included within the approval.

“The State Government is committed to providing Western Australia’s growing population with a greater diversity of housing options to enhance affordability, liveability and downsizing options,” Saffioti said.

“The City of Fremantle is a vibrant area home to people of all ages and backgrounds, and I am pleased that this amendment will help accommodate their different housing needs while ensuring the character of the area remains.

“This scheme amendment strikes the right balance of retaining the character of established neighbourhoods while ensuring the City of Fremantle can accommodate a growing population,” she said.