Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has determined the first stage of Design WA – a set of guidelines to ensure apartments are built to higher standards.
Minimum apartment sizes, increased tree retention and new natural light requirements form part of the new guidelines which will come into effect on 24 May 2019.
Stage one includes:
State Planning Policy 7.0: Design of the Built Environment: the lead policy that elevates the importance of design quality across the whole built environment. It includes 10 principles of good design and establishes the framework for integrating design review as a part of the evaluation process.
Design Review Guide: this works with SPP7.0 to assist local governments with the establishment and operation of design review panels, and will support consistency in the design review processes already in operation across the state. It also provides a framework for the operation of the State Design Review Panel.
Design WA outlines clear objectives about what future developments should consider, these are:
- Appropriate scale to respect the local character and context;
- Minimum apartment sizes based on floor space and number of rooms;
- Safe, healthy environments with good natural light and ventilation;
- Development that creates walkable neighbourhoods with high amenity;
- Green space such as shady trees for outdoor spaces and mature tree retention; and
- Development that enhances local neighbourhoods
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the policy is about learning from some of the mistakes from the past and moving forward to create more sustainable, vibrant, attractive and healthy neighbourhoods – a key component of METRONET.
“In conjunction with METRONET, Design WA provides the platform to accommodate a growing population, close to new and existing public transport infrastructure and good design will be central to meeting community needs and expectations now and into the future,” she said.
The policies apply to all levels of planning and development, from large-scale structure planning and major works to development applications and subdivision considerations.
Work on Design WA stage two will focus on precinct design and medium density and is already underway.
For more information, visit the Design WA website.
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