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of this type has been increased from
60 to 70sqm (so long as the whole block
is 450sqm or more).
Planning Minister John Day says the
amendments, which came into effect on
August 2, respond to Perth’s growing and
changing population, and will encourage
diversity in housing supply and greater
flexibility for the housing industry,
homeowners, renters and investors.
“This will create more a ffordable
housing options for Western Australians
and open up a potential income strea m for
homeowners,” says the Minister. “Over
time, this will help to ease the pressures
that lead to urban sprawl and make it more
affordable to buy and rent a property.
“The change also facilitates ‘aging
in place’, so empty-nesters can
remain in their neighbourhood and
ta ke advantage of their established
commu nity networks rather than have
to leave to fi nd smaller accommodation
more suited to their needs. I also anticipate
that this change will encourage more
innovative design a nd developments like
‘Fonzie flats’ above garages.”
We all remember the 70s hit TV
show Happy Days, in which one of the
central characters, Fonzie, lived in a self-
contained apartment above the garage
of the Cunningham family. Well, until
these recent planning amendments, we
wouldn’t have been able to have our own
Fonzie unless he was family.
Steve Woodland, State Architect and
director of Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland,
says the reforms are a positive step towards
offering a new layer of accommodation in
urban areas, and flexibility over time as
family structures grow and shift.
“It’s potentially a strong boost for
the industry, opening up a new field
of construction work and creative
opportunities. At the same time it
presents a whole new set of design
challenges,” says Steve.
“Design becomes a critical issue. We
don’t want to see second-rate granny
flats popping up all over the place. We
THISPAGESited at the back of a Scarborough block near
a rear laneway, this relocatable BlueFrontier pod was constructed
off-site and craned over the fence into position.
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