Design WA: a key step towards better infill.

It was pleasing to see the long awaited State Government design rules for improving apartment design put out for public comment yesterday.  The new design rules (aka Design WA) have been desperately needed here in the West.

As I have often said WA is in danger of creating a public backlash against urban infill and density if we don’t ensure that new density is done well and creates liveable and sustainable new dwellings with great amenity.

In Fremantle it has been frustrating see the DAP or SAT approve apartments with, for example, bedrooms with no natural light or ventilation.  We can and must do better than this and hopefully these guidelines will be major step in the right direction. I am still to digest it all as the documents are 220 plus pages over five volumes! If you are interested check out:

http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/designwa.asp

Also this is the West article on it.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/32945206/new-design-rules-aim-to-eliminate-apartment-atrocities/#page1

Here is a photo I took of one of my favourite urban infill stories – the Barbican in London.

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