Wanneroo leads home approvals list

In a recent newsletter, it said Wanneroo approved 3236 housing and 172 non-house dwellings, followed by the City of Swan with 2334 housing and 243 non-house dwellings approvals.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City approved almost 13 building applications for houses each business day during the past financial year.

‘Not only did we top the list, we were well ahead of other local governments in the top five,’ she said. ‘In WA, 13 per cent of all new residential dwellings are built in our City, so churning through a large volume of approvals is not new for us.

‘Of all new West Australian residents, 15 per cent choose to reside here.’

In June, the Times reported on a backlog of building applications after the City refunded more than $100,000 in fees for applications that it had not processed within the legislated timeframes.

City businesses director Chris Morrison said overall the City received 487 building applications in June, 752 in July and 644 in August.

‘July and August saw the highest numbers of building applications lodged this year and were equivalent to the numbers the City experienced in October and November 2013,’ he said.

‘The City has negotiated a contract with a private organisation to assist when the volume of work increases; this has resulted in no refunds being paid since June 1.’

Mr Morrison said they approved 578 applications in June, 664 applications in July and 695 applications in August.