Microlots ‘unlikely’ for Bayswater and Forrestfield station precincts

A microlot development in Ellenbrook.
A microlot development in Ellenbrook.

PLANNING and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says microlots are unlikely to be built in the Bayswater and Forrestfield station precincts.

The State Government announced the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority will take control over developments in Midland, Bayswater and Forrestfield station precincts as part of the Metronet East Redevelopment Area.

The MRA will work with the cities of Bayswater, Kalamunda and Swan on developing planning frameworks.

The State Government also released a position statement titled Housing on lots less than 100sq m, which will provide guidance for proposed subdivision and building designs for lots less than 100sq m but larger than 80sq m.

The Bayswater station precinct redevelopment area.

Ms Saffioti said it was too early to say whether microlots would be in wider local government areas, however it was unlikely microlots would work in Bayswater and Forrestfield station precincts.

“We want to create highly attractive and active precincts that are inviting for people to live in, hang out in and work in,” she said.

“We also introduced Design WA recently to ensure future developments in our suburbs respect the existing heritage, vegetation and general aesthetics of an area.

“The MRA will work with the local governments to develop planning frameworks for the area to guide built form outcomes suitable for each individual area”

The Forrestfield station precinct redevelopment area.

She said the position statement addressed housing affordability and choice as the State Government progressed with its plans for well-connected communities and Metronet.

“The growing interest in small lot development shows we are ready to embrace less traditional subdivision and home designs to help improve housing affordability and provide more options for our changing population and lifestyles,” she said.

“This position statement is a starting point to encourage innovative and well-considered small lot development that will help create more connected and vibrant communities and precincts across WA.”

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