New Greenfield Code welcomed


The Property Council today welcomed the State Government’s new Greenfield Housing Code that allows one and two storey homes, renovations and extensions to be carried out under a fast-track complying development approval.

The changes start on 6 July 2018 and will save councils, industry and homeowners time without compromising on outcome. The new Code will be included in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008). 

“Housing codes are something the Property Council has long advocated for to ensure good, high quality development can be provided more quickly; codes are important to increase housing supply and bring down home prices,’ Property Council NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said today.

“In essence; it is a simplifying of the development process and aligning the requirements for development across greenfield areas; the planning rules and the code are also presented in plain English to clearly explain planning rules. 

“Complying development is faster than traditional development applications, taking about 20 days compared to 71 days as it meets already agreed stringent standards and local council zoning requirements which means high quality development in the right places.

“Homeowners can also save $15,000 on new homes built under the Code, reducing pressure on home prices.

“These changes will make it easier to build more homes and assist local councils reach housing targets outlined by the Greater Sydney Commission.”

 

Media contact: William Power | M 0429 210 982 | wpower@propertycouncil.com.au