Perth’s notoriety as one of the most sprawling cities in the world shows no signs of abating, with new figures revealing the rate of urban infill has fallen to its second-lowest level on record.

The construction of new residential dwellings in urban areas has fallen to 29 per cent, well short of the state government’s urban infill target of 47 per cent.

The 47 per cent target was set to cater for an anticipated 3.5 million Perth residents by 2031. The infill rate had been tracking up: in 2020 it was 44 per cent, up from 43 per cent in 2019, 38 per cent in 2018, and 28 per cent in 2012.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s Urban Growth Monitor showed in 2021 a total of 10,260 dwellings were constructed in the Perth metropolitan and Peel regions – of these, 4150 were built in infill areas and 6110 in greenfield areas.

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