By Damian Collins – REIWA President https://reiwa.com.au/
REIWA supports the Western Australian Planning Commission’s (WAPC) position statement on lots of less than 100sqm and congratulates the department on its leadership and innovation as a means to meeting the changing needs of Western Australia’s population.
Housing on Lots Less than 100sqm will provide guidance on location and development considerations for proposed subdivision and building design for lots less than 100sqm but larger than 80sqm.
Compact housing that is built on smaller blocks is well established in the east coast housing market, with the rise of interest in Western Australia showing we are ready to increase our housing diversity, providing more affordable options to our changing lifestyles.
An example of these micro-lots is already in place at Ellenbrook’s Verge micro-lot precinct, with 11 two-story townhouses, 10 of which are on 80sqm lots. This has showcased how good design can make even small lots seem bright, spacious and liveable.
Micro-lots will be a positive introduction to the market and will receive strong demand from a range of buyers, from first homeowners to seniors right-sizing. Lots under 100sqm have a strong role to play in the delivery of affordable housing options for all Western Australians.
In addition, the Government will look to add location criteria for potential micro-lots, which we believe will assist in increasing density around centres. This is essential to capitalise on existing infrastructure and amenities while utilising zones likely not suitable for apartment developments.
It is our view this position statement will be an ideal product to be used in the delivery of ‘metrohubs’ especially in areas with relatively low median house price, where apartment developers will be reluctant to invest.
We urge developers who undertake these projects to consider including sustainability features. The major drawcard for lots under 100sqm is affordability. The inclusion of solar power, solar hot water and the use of sustainable building materials that will reduce utility bills for residents could provide an additional benefit to buyers while adding minimal costs to construction.
Overall, the real estate industry is supportive of the position statement as a way to be able to deliver an alternative form of housing currently missing from the market and also looks forward to potential inclusion into the R-Codes following adequate monitoring and review of the initial implementation.