CBD Affordable Housing

The City of Perth advises the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage that it recommends approval for a proposed affordable housing development against the advice of planning officers.

Commissioners voted to recommend the WA Planning Commission approve a 27-level high-rise at Lot 52 Pier Street, despite City staff recommending refusal of the development because it is non-compliant with the plot ratio. Plot ratios control the intensity of development by stipulating the maximum amount of floor area that can be built on a piece of land. The higher the plot ratio of a site the greater its development potential.

The 184 apartment high-rise will contain 30 per cent social and affordable housing, a café or restaurant and a community shared space.

Picture Source: Klopper & Davis Architects

Council planners objected on the grounds that development on the reduced lot area “would be contrary to the orderly and proper planning of the locality as it will exceed the prescribed maximum plot ratio for the development site.”

But Commissioner Andrew Hammond said there was a growing need for affordable CBD housing.

“This development highlights the need for government and the private sector to work together in providing this type of mixed-use development,” Commissioner Hammond said.

“We look forward to seeing this development come to fruition and provide an affordable option for people to purchase their own home.”

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