We’re not in the 1950s anymore’: NSW greenfield housing plan ‘not sustainable,’ Institute says

Pastures new in Camden, south-west Sydney. Pic: Facebook.

By Josh Harris
This story first appeared in ArchitectureAU and appears here by kind permission.

The New South Wales government has unveiled a plan to increase housing supply by making it easier to build in new development areas.

The proposed new Greenfield Housing Code would see homes in new release areas approved in 20 days compared to the 71 days it currently takes on average.

Minister for Housing and Planning Anthony Roberts said the government was committed to speeding up the delivery of new homes in greenfield areas to meet the needs of the state’s growing population and improve housing affordability.

“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,” he said.

NSW opposition leader Luke Foley said the government was not doing enough to tackle housing affordability.

“This Government has had six years to act on housing affordability but has done nothing,” he said. “Labor will take to the next state election a comprehensive plan to level the playing field in favour of home buyers and help those on modest incomes get a roof over their heads.”

Following the release of the proposed Greenfield Housing Code, the opposition unveiled its plan to mandate a target for the provision of affordable housing.

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