12 May 2015 Scoping study to erode barriers to innovation

A new study has just been released which aims to bridge the ever-widening gap between the changing household profile and housing types available in the market.

The Compact Housing Scoping Study, commissioned by Defence Housing Australia (DHA), was presented at the Government Land Organisation (GLO) conference held in Darwin last week.

‘Government Land Organisations nationally are challenging traditional housing design, looking for innovative housing typologies, which are affordable, repeatable, low maintenance and attractive to tenants and home buyers,’ DHA Managing Director Peter Howman said.

‘Eroding the barriers to the delivery of innovative housing is a high priority for DHA, and I encourage other organisations to also take this challenge.’

The scoping study expands on an initial discussion paper presented at the GLO conference in 2014.

‘In 2014 we presented the Leadership in Compact Housing Opportunities for Government Land Organisations (Carey, T 2014). A key part of this paper was the Compact Housing Action Plan, which aimed to drive attitudinal and regulatory change nationally. This paper was endorsed by all GLO CEOs.’

Part one of the study looks at the drivers behind compact housing, presents details associated with current planning schemes plus a number of key observations. Part two is a handbook of fact sheets on 14 completed compact housing projects lead by GLOs.

‘We hope that the scoping study will drive further discussion and collaboration, ultimately producing a model policy and guidelines that could be utilised nationally. Such an outcome would assist in achieving a more streamlined development application process and a consistent approach to compact housing.’

Click here to read the Compact Housing Scoping Study report.


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