05/11/2020 - 15:00

New subdivision policy

05/11/2020 - 15:00

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The state government has released a new planning policy that places the onus on developers to provide telecommunications infrastructure.

New subdivision policy
The new policy is part of a series of reform measures designed to streamline the state’s planning system. Photo: Attila Csaszar

The state government has released a new planning policy that places the onus on developers to provide telecommunications infrastructure.

Under the current system, small housing subdivisions in Western Australia can be built without ready connection to telecommunications infrastructure.

The state government said this had resulted in significant additional costs for homeowners, who had to retrofit pipework to access broadband services.

The new policy closes that loophole, requiring telecommunications infrastructure for new lots to be incorporated at the earliest stages of the planning process, working in tandem with State Planning Policy 5.2 – Telecommunications Infrastructure to address the need for effective internet services and rollout of networks.

It’s the latest move by the government to reform measures designed to streamline the state’s planning system, and follows last week’s announcement of a new policy for activity centre development.

"This policy provides clear direction to developers of new subdivisions that they must incorporate fibre ready, pit and pipe infrastructure at the earliest possible stage of planning,” Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said.

"Internet access is an essential requirement in a modern, connected community and our planning system must ensure Western Australian families and business owners have reliable access to such infrastructure.

"It is not unreasonable to expect the required infrastructure for internet services to be in place when you purchase a new home, and this revised policy will provide that guarantee in new subdivisions across the state."

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