Minimum size call for new Vic apartments

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Newly built apartments in Victoria would have a minimum size under a proposal in a new parliamentary inquiry report.

The Legislative Assembly's environment and planning committee made 35 recommendations on Tuesday, following three days of public hearings to review apartment design standards.

In addition to proposing a mandatory minimum size for new dwellings, other key recommendations include investigating ways to improve ventilation in apartments and apartment developments.

The Victorian government has six months to respond to the recommendations.

Committee chair Sarah Connolly said the pandemic was a factor in determining the need to mandate apartment size and doing so could improve quality of life.

"Extended periods in lockdown due to COVID-19 have highlighted the importance of apartment design for health and wellbeing, and the provision of adequate space for relaxation, ventilation and everyday living," she said.

New South Wales and Western Australia already have a mandatory minimum size for new apartments.

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