NSW Government shifts focus to creating new regional greenfield housing supply

There is a taskforce that will report back by September on creating new greenfield housing supply.

NSW Government shifts focus to creating new regional greenfield housing supply
NSW Government shifts focus to creating new regional greenfield housing supply

A regional housing taskforce will be set up to aleviate the supply shortage of new housing lots across NSW.

It comes after more than 18,000 new homes have been earmarked for immediate rezoning in Sydney’s south-west.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes made the announcement at an Urban Development Industry Association (UDIA) event last week.

Stokes said the Government’s focus was now on creating new greenfield housing supply.
“It’s clear that as a result of the pandemic, demand for greenfield housing has increased even more than anticipated so we are responding with new housing in some of Sydney’s best growth areas, the south-west and the Macarthur,” Mr Stokes said.

“Housing supply is not just important in Sydney but across our regions, which are experiencing strong growth as we bounce back from drought and as more people are working flexibly and remotely.
“This is why I am setting up a regional housing taskforce to report back by September on how we can better use the planning system and other levers to boost supply.”
The government confirmed Sydney’s south-west would see a new Glenfield Precinct with 7,000 dwellings along with 7000 dwellings at Lowes Creek Maryland.

Leppington 2 and 5 will see up to 2,400 new dwellings including 1,900 dwellings in Stage 2 and 500 dwellings in Stage 5.

The Wilton Town Centre Precinct will have 1600 dwellings.

It was 2019 when Stokes advised a new approach would clear the decks of planning proposals stuck in the system.
“Sydney’s population is growing rapidly and this is our plan to fast-track the creation of great new places, from Camden to Crows Nest, Wilton to Westmead,” Mr Stokes said. 
“Our new approach clears the way forward to deliver more than 50 new precincts right across the city.”

All NSW councils are required to be using the NSW Planning Portal to lodge development applications and complying development certificates by 1 July 2021, in line with the Premier’s 2019 mandate.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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