Medium density flying high

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 across 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.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said there had been a deliberate focus from the council to provide a greater diversity of housing types.

“Medium density allows for mixed-use, transit-orientated outcomes that are more sustainable and less car-dependent, so we are pleased to see these happening in greater numbers alongside the predominantly single residential existing housing,” he said.

“Fremantle has only a few opportunities to expand our population given the limited sites left, so we are making sure we use these as well as possible.”

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