Property 101: Residential approvals in NSW regions with mining subsidence

Property 101: Residential approvals in NSW regions with mining subsidence
Property 101: Residential approvals in NSW regions with mining subsidence

With healthy levels of activity in the residential construction sector the proposed changes to mine subsidence districts by the Mine Subsidence Board (MSB) are well-timed, reported the Housing Industry Association.

"The proposed new Districts of Maitland West and Branxton in particular are supported as they sit within important growth corridor that shall continue to progress in the coming years," explained HIA Hunter Executive Director, Craig Jennion.

"Whilst long-term residents may be well aware of previous mining activity in these locations, for new residents the establishment of these Districts will ensure that any new building activity, including renovations, will trigger the need to seek MSB approval prior to commencement," Mr Jennion said.

In other locations Districts are proposed to be reduced where land has not been undermined.

"This is commended for this shall both shorten approval timeframes and reduce construction costs as approvals will no longer be required and engineering and architectural considerations will not need to be incorporated into home designs where a risk does not exist. This will remove red tape for industry and make homes more affordable for homeowners".

HIA believes that in addition to a review of Districts the MSB and the NSW Government should do more to address industry concerns about subsidence, particularly in inner Newcastle.

"Whilst the establishment of a $17 million fund to address subsidence issues is to be applauded HIA has concerns that this will be inadequate to address the level of subsidence that has stopped development at higher densities in recent decades," Mr Jennion said.

In addition, HIA believes that the NSW government should continue to ensure there are sufficient funds to support research and investment in new technology to address subsidence concerns.

"Addressing this will provide confidence to industry and will ensure that the residential housing sector can provide projects with the height and density to revitalise Newcastle and provide the lifestyle that the community both needs and expects," concluded Mr Jennion.

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Mining Residential Construction

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