Jun 23, 2017 Last Updated 8:22 AM, Jun 23, 2017

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In the last quarter of 2016, the average detached housing approved for construction in Perth was 327.2 ms2, the largest average recorded in Australia.

This average approved construction size in the city has increased from 276.4 ms2 in the last quarter of 2014, and 284.4 ms2 in the December quarter of 2015.

Perth’s latest average housing construction size dwarfed that of Sydney and Melbourne, which stood at 289.8 square metres and 251.1 ms2 respectively.

However, this growth in the size of new houses has corresponded with a decrease in the size of housing blocks, with the arrival of small and micro blocks in various parts of the city.

The average lot size in Perth has dropped to 383 ms2, down from 530 ms2 in 2008, with some new blocks opening as small as 80 square metres.

But HIA’s WA executive director John Gelavis remained positive about the housing and construction industry in the region.

“WA’s residential building industry has endured a tough time since the end of the mining boom – but it looks like we close to turning the corner,” said Gelavis.

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