New South Wales

Proposed NSW Greenfield Housing Code to accelerate development in greenfield areas

A PROPOSED new Greenfield Housing Code will increase housing supply by making it easier and greener to build in new development areas, according to NSW Housing and Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts.

Announcing the proposed code last week, the Minister said homes in new release areas could be approved under complying development in 20 days compared to 71 days on average for a development application.

Artist's impression of the Vineyard precinct in Sydney's north-west
Above: Artist's impression of the Vineyard precinct in Sydney's north-west / Department of Planning and Environment.

"The proposed complying development standards such as building height, setbacks and landscaping have been tailored to suit housing types and lot sizes in new release areas. This will ensure new homes are designed to protect the privacy and amenity of neighbourhoods," Mr Roberts said.

"This type of streamlined approval not only speeds up the delivery of new housing, but makes it easier and cheaper for people to build homes to suit their lifestyles and incomes."

Mr Roberts said the Greenfield Housing Code would also ensure that new residential suburbs were leafier and more environmentally friendly and that the government would provide a tree to the owners of new homes approved under complying development in Western Sydney greenfield areas – up to 5,000 trees per year for three years.

"This initiative to increase the number of trees in greenfield areas will minimise urban heat in Western Sydney and improve the environment for pedestrians at street level," the Minister said.

"Tree canopy coverage also contributes to an improvement in biodiversity habitats for species as well as oxygen production, with very clear benefits in relation to visual amenity, landscape and sense of place for residents.

"Complying development will allow for faster approvals for new homes and home renovations. It reduces red tape, costs and delays for homeowners, with savings of up to $15,000 for new homes.

"Sydney will need an extra 725,000 new homes over the next 20 years to keep pace with demand and many homes will be built in new land release areas or greenfield sites.

"This helps to grow the economy by providing a boost to the housing industry and the wider NSW economy, and contributes to greater housing supply and affordability."

More information is available from the Department of Planning and Environment website at <>. Submissions can be made until 16 June 2017.

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