Perth apartment guidelines to let light in

Adam Smith 20 October 2016

windowless roomA new set of draft guidelines should save Western Australian apartment dwellers from living in windowless units.

The WA Government has released comprehensive draft guidelines to curtail poor apartment design, the ABC has reported. The guidelines are part of an effort to meet the government’s planning target of nearly half of new housing being built as urban infill rather than greenfield development, the ABC said.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher said Perth is expected to need 800,000 new homes by 2050, with its population forecast to surge to 3.5 million. As new developments are constructed, the DesignWA draft apartment design is intended to ensure new apartments enhance the communities in which they are built, the ABC said.

Faragher said some apartment design to date had been “less than ideal”.

“It is unacceptable that we have some apartments being built here in 2016 where there are bedrooms with no windows. That means no ventilation, no natural light. That is unacceptable,” she said.

Government architect Geoff Warn said the state was just beginning to learn how to accommodate apartment living, the ABC reported.

"Our population has increased relatively quickly in a short time, and to meet those demands, and really changes in trends in people's preferred lifestyle, we're only beginning an apartment boom in some respects,” Warn said.

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