Wednesday, 13 August 2014

NSW Planning changes for Western Sydney growth areas

Planning changes for Western Sydney growth areas
The NSW Government has announced planning changes for Western Sydney’s growth areas which will help provide much-needed additional housing and deliver more consistent planning rules.

Housing Diversity Policy

Changes announced on the weekend will help to deliver housing on smaller lots, with an aim to cut red tape, place downward pressure on house prices and deliver house and land packages for around $400,000.

The new planning rules, which commence today, are being implemented via an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Growth Centres) – known as the Growth Centres SEPP.

The policy  applies across the six council areas in Sydney’s Growth Centres - Blacktown, Camden, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Hills Shire, and Liverpool – and removes impediments which have made it difficult for the construction industry to provide small lot housing. 

Standard minimum lot sizes of 250 square metres will apply across the Growth Centres, with lot sizes down to 125 square metres in higher density areas near transport and town centres. The changes will encourage builders to provide a variety of housing types to meet market demand including townhouses and villas, studio flats and manor homes. READ MORE… 

Land rezoned at East Leppington

Minister for Planning Pru Goward announced on Friday that land at East Leppington had been rezoned for up to 1,150 new homes. The homes will be within walking distance of Leppington railway station, being delivered as part of the $2.1 billion South West Rail Link. 

Plans for the precinct also include protection of native vegetation and creation of new parks, a pedestrian pathway and cycle links. 

The rezoning finalises the broader East Leppington Precinct which, in total, will deliver up to 4,450 new dwellings for around 14,700 residents. READ MORE… 

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