BAYSWATER Mayor Dan Bull says the City is looking forward to working with the State Government to delivering more housing close to the to-be-upgraded Bayswater train station.
Premier Mark McGowan announced today planning for eight separate high density mixed tenure sites begun with Bayswater, Redcliffe, Forrestfield and Midland stations and the Perth CBD.
Mr McGowan also revealed The Precincts project will set a new benchmark for medium-to-high density urban infill in WA and deliver 5000 new homes in Bentley, Joondalup, Beaconsfield and Cannington during the next 15 years.
Both announcements are consistent with the principles of ‘People, Place and Home’ that forms the basis of the Government’s soon-to-be released Affordable Housing Action Plan.
This follows last week’s State Budget, which included $184 million towards the Metronet Social and Affordable Housing and Jobs Package, which will see about 1390 new homes being built and linked to Metronet precincts and heritage line stations.
Cr Bull said the announcement was timely after the City’s recent adoption of the Bayswater Town Centre Structure Plan.
“There are some key sites close to the Bayswater train station that are owned by the State Government and the City of Bayswater that have the potential to include affordable housing as part of their redevelopment,” he said,
“This is in line with the State Government’s focus on creating affordable living opportunities around train stations.
“Transport costs put extra pressure on household budgets.
“Reducing transport costs by providing affordable housing as part of the density mix near train stations just makes good sense.”
Housing Minister Peter Tinley said The Precincts project would launch a new approach to the way the Department of Communities released land parcels in highly sought-after locations.
“These projects represent WA’s biggest ever collection of infill opportunities and they will offer developers the chance to access prime State-owned land that supports medium-to-high density development,” he said.
“People are at the heart of this vision.
“Guided by the principle of ‘People, Place, Home’, we will work with the private sector to deliver The Precincts and create true neighbourhoods with heart and soul.”
Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the project leveraged links between land use and transport planning to create integrated and connected communities.