Housing Authority lodges application for new Willagee development

Housing Authority lodges application for new Willagee development

THE Housing Authority has lodged an application to build a 20-dwelling development on a vacant Cummins Street plot in Willagee.

The block previously contained three public housing properties, the most recent of which was demolished in 2008.

Housing Authority general manager commercial operations Nigel Hindmarsh said the application was lodged with the City of Melville in February.

“The proposal is for a two-storey affordable housing development comprising four one-bedroom dwellings and 16 two-bedroom dwellings,” he said.

“The majority of units will be sold as a mix of full and shared-equity sales, and two units are currently earmarked for new social housing.”

Mr Hindmarsh said the Housing Authority played an important role in the delivery of affordable housing options appropriate for lower and moderate income earners.

“The Housing Authority retains approximately one in nine dwellings in its affordable housing developments for social housing and will vary the percentage depending on demand and market conditions,” he said.

Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said planning officers viewed the proposal as of a high quality and judged it to generally meet the provisions of the R-Codes.

“It is the City’s understanding the Housing Authority intends to dilute its presence in the suburb overall, with the majority of the dwellings for this proposal intended to be sold on the open market and only a few kept for Housing Authority tenants,” Dr Silcox said.