- Innovative project increases housing diversity and affordable choices
- Micro lot properties challenge the traditional concept of a family home
Perth's north-eastern suburb of Ellenbrook continues to build its reputation for innovative affordable housing options, with Housing Minister Peter Tinley formally opening two micro lot display homes today.
The Minister visited Fruin Loop in the award-winning suburb to launch the new homes - the first dwellings in a creative trial of 11 micro lot homes on green-title sites all less than 100 square metres.
The micro lot project, a collaboration between the McGowan Government, Ellenbrook and developers Now Living, aims to challenge traditional concepts of the family home.
The Government owns nine lots in the first stage of the project, with houses to be constructed and sold through Keystart's shared equity program. The first stage will offer 11 new two-storey homes, including the two display homes.
Designs include two and three-bedroom homes for a range of residents, including younger people wanting to buy their first home close to amenities and downsizers hoping to stay in the area.
Ellenbrook's master planned design includes eight unique villages that will eventually form a 30,000-strong integrated community connected by METRONET to the greater Perth metropolitan region.
Ellenbrook is an incorporated partnership between the Department of Communities and Morella Pty Ltd, and is project managed by LWP Property Group (LWP). With more than 40 awards, it is Australia's most awarded urban development project and in 2015 was recognised internationally as the world's best master planned community.
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"This new development will challenge the traditional perception of the family home in WA. Compact housing on micro lots is already well received by east coast housing markets.
"Ellenbrook is a key part of the McGowan Government's METRONET plan, and this project helps to retain and enhance its key role in creating cohesive and connected communities.
"The McGowan Government has a proud track record in leading, partnering and supporting innovative developments that demonstrate new approaches to meeting the needs of a growing and diverse community.
"We will continue to work hard with private sector partners such as Now Living on projects similar to this one that improve housing diversity and affordable choices."
Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw:
"This fantastic partnership between the Department of Communities, LWP and Now Living shows how creativity and innovation can deliver a completely new style of housing for the WA market.
"Projects like this are an important part of the McGowan Government's housing strategy and planning policies, which are designed to give people better access to affordable housing close to where they work and play.
"These new homes are all within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the future Ellenbrook train station and will help create a more vibrant precinct around the Ellenbrook town centre."
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