The West Australian

The days of mum and dad developments are numbered as the supply of battleaxe lots dries up, putting further pressure on Perth’s housing shortage.

A new report by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA) claims the potential supply of residential blocks that can be subdivided — based on size and current zoning — was down to its last 20 per cent.

The figure was based largely on a case study area in Scarborough which shows only 34 properties, out of 180 blocks, have not yet been subdivided.

UDIA said the catchment area was reflective of battleaxe zones across Perth. Subdivision is only allowed in areas specifically zoned for it, and where the block is big enough.

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