Infill options foster renewal

By Marissa Lague

New Minister for Lands Terry Redman says planning decisions that deliver a diverse range of housing into WA’s changing property market – including homes for singles, couples and empty nesters – would be given a high priority. Following a review of metropolitan projects, Mr Redman said the supply of housing had come a long way from the days when greenfield developments were seen as the only option for setting up new communities. “By maximising urban revitalisation and infill opportunities in and around metropolitan Perth, it’s possible to offer a range of competitively priced mixed-use housing and commercial sites with good access to amenity,” he said. “Work on a number of former hospital and school sites with proximity to services and transport represents a change in the way we consider housing.” Under LandCorp’s metropolitan development program, 1250 new dwellings are on track for release this year and similar numbers are forecast for following years. The new homes will be located at infill sites including the former Carine TAFE, Craigie High School, Coolbellup Primary School, a former Fremantle industrial site now known as Knutsford and town centre activation along the Midland railway line. Strong sales have also been recorded at projects in and around the Mandurah rail line at Mandurah Junction. Along with housing, Mr Redman said the Government would also continue its focus on activity centres in and around transport hubs and opening up land at Western Trade Coast, Forrestdale Business Park and Neerabup, to stimulate employment.