Melville: scheme opens door for more housing

Melville: scheme opens door for more housing

CITY of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey believes the approval of Local Planning Scheme 6 (LPS6) has laid the foundation for more affordable housing options in the City.

“The City’s existing housing supply is dominated by three or more bedroom properties, with more than half of these homes occupied by two people or less,” he said.

“This oversupply of larger properties has led to a lack of housing choice for our residents.

“Increasing density will not only allow for apartments and smaller lots to be developed, benefiting households with two or less occupants, but will also encourage more affordable opportunities for those starting their housing journey or alternatively those wanting to downsize.”

The scheme was formally gazetted in late May and allows for the creation of activity centres containing a mixture of commercial and high-density housing options.

The scheme was developed to accommodate another 18,000 dwellings by 2050 while limiting the need for major changes to housing densities in suburban areas.

Mr Aubrey said the plan was the cornerstone of the City’s 20-year vision to create a strong, vibrant and diverse local economy that was self-sufficient and offered a wide range of business and employment opportunities.

“LPS6 will provide plenty of investment opportunities in the City, with a strategic mix of commercial and residential offerings throughout activity centres and appropriate housing densities in strategic suburban locations,” he said

“While much of Perth’s population growth is occurring on the urban fringe, many people still want to live close to work, shops, schools, services and transport.

“We will start to see mixed use centres where business, residential and social spaces co-exist and have an easy connection to transport options and other important community services.”

Mr Aubrey said that by 2041 25 per cent of West Australians would be older than 60, further increasing the need to plan for an ageing population by ensuring housing choices close to shops, services and public transport.