Thursday, June 9, 2011

Planning Minister acts on Affordable Housing Policy

Brad Hazzard, the new NSW Planning Minister, has announced amendments to the Affordable Rental Housing, State Environmental Planning Policy 2009 (AHSEPP09).  He has called for an immediate halt to new developments under this policy, pending a review.  He has directed that current applications must satisfy a new 'local character' test.
This change of policy will be welcome news to residents in Epping, who have complained bitterly about the proposal to build Affordable Rental Housing at 176-178 Ray Road Epping.  A local resident is quoted as saying "the whole development resembles stacked shipping containers and is simply out of character with the existing streetscape."  A couple of weeks ago Mr Hazzard called this development application "a cash cow opportunity for developers."

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