Research conducted by Psaros in partnership with the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) and the Property Council has indicated that the Perth community rates sustainability, public transport and walkability as some of the top priorities concerning the future of the Perth inner suburbs.
CCWA Director Piers Verstegen said
“This ground-breaking research dispels some deeply-held myths that have been holding Perth back from becoming more sustainable, more affordable and more liveable.”
“Our capital city is shaking off its ‘dullsville’ image, but there is a lot more that needs to be done. In particular, the research shows that high quality eco-friendly developments around transport links are strongly supported by the majority of Perth residents.”
“While there can at times be vocal opposition to individual developments, there is much broader and stronger support for increased density than planners and Local Councils might think. This is great news for our environment. For every sustainable apartment that is built, less energy is used, less waste is created, less natural bushland is destroyed and more trips are taken by public transport.”
Below is a quick summary by Psaros of some of the findings of the report. You can read the full report here.
Undertaken by leading social research provider Ipsos between 4 – 17 June 2014. Respondents who live within 10km range of the Perth CBD were recruited in an online survey and focus group analysis. An even distribution of voters between 18 and 65+ with majority being single or two parent families with kids and older couples without kids. Final sample size n+524.
There is very strong support for more medium & higher density apartment-style developments around transport hubs (71% support) and in inner areas (68% support).
The top three priorities for Perth’s future are;
• an increase in public transport (train, light rail, buses) (95% support)
• more eco-friendly buildings that generate their own power, collect rainwater and use less energy (89% support)
• well-designed, safer bike paths to get to work and other places (86% support)
The most appropriate housing types for Perth city are:
• a mix of mid-sized apartments, townhouses & retail / cafés (like Leederville and Northbridge) (79% support)
• a mix of high-rise, town houses and parks (Like South Perth) (71% support)
Over half of residents (55%) would support increased building height limits to allow for higher density around transport links and 50% would support relaxing building height limits if developments are eco-friendly; .
The majority of respondents (73%) do not believe that the benefits of a separate house and garden outweigh the benefits of inner city living.
The majority of respondents (69%) do not consider low density living in detached single housing to be a more affordable option .
Perceived benefits of apartment living include:
• easier to maintain (71% agree, 8% disagree)
• reduce the need for land clearing (70% agree, 8% disagree)
• lower environmental impact than detached housing (54% agree, 17% disagree)
• save on energy costs (44% agree, 15% disagree)
• save on car running costs (42% agree, 23% disagree)
3 in 5 inner city residents are likely to move house in the next 5 years; 73% would consider living in medium density housing and 50% in higher density housing.