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Perth councillors support 27-storey affordable housing tower despite planners’ objections

By Editorial Desk, Architecture AU, May 6, 2019

“Perth, Western Australia, councillors have voted in support of a 27-storey mixed-use development containing 30 percent social and affordable housing, despite a recommendation that the proposal be rejected due to an excessive plot ratio, [and with the] additional floor space (bulk and scale) benefiting the development without providing sufficient community benefits or facilities.

“The proposed building will contain 184 apartments, a café or restaurant, and a community shared space. The landowner and project developer is the state government’s Department of Communities.

195 Pier Street, Perth. Design and image by Klopper and Davis Architects.

“[City of Perth] Commissioner Andrew Hammond, moving that council support the development, argued that the provision of social housing met the ‘community benefits’ benchmark, [as] 15 percent of the apartments would be for social housing and another 15 percent for affordable housing. More than 142,500 Australians are on the waiting list for social housing.

“ ‘Australia and WA have a significant problem in meeting social and affordable housing needs,’ he said. ‘The city is currently experiencing many challenges with homelessness and rough sleeping, and while social housing is definitely not a quick fix for this difficult and pressing issue, it sits at both ends of the homelessness continuum.’

“The Western Australian Planning Commission is the body responsible for the final approval.”

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