GROWING THE SOUTH-WEST | New code is in place but the benefits are not

NEW HOUSING LAWS ON HOLD: Housing development at Ed.Park. Generic picture
NEW HOUSING LAWS ON HOLD: Housing development at Ed.Park. Generic picture

Deferring 47 council areas – excluding Liverpool –from the new low-rise medium-density housing code until next July means the government won’t cut red tape or speeding development of low-rise low-impact housing any time soon. The code, announced in April, was in effect on July 6 but amended late on July 5 with a new clause deferring 47 councils (all of Sydney except Liverpool and six others, Central Coast, Illawarra and many inland and coastal councils).

The code is in place but benefits are not.

The process for builders wishing to gain approvals can cost up to $15,000. The introduction of this new code would reduce the time and cost for builders and homebuyers.

More than two years’ work put in by the Department of Planning to develop the “missing middle” housing code into a complying development code has been effectively parked. There’s no reason for these deferrals as they limit the delivery of a much-needed housing option. HIA is very disappointed. 

DAVID BARE, NSW Director, hia.com.au