NSW continues to deliver strong housing approvals with more than 71,000 new homes approved in the 12 months to January 2018, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said that the NSW Government’s strategy to get first homebuyers into the market was working and the numbers show that the home building is maintaining its strong momentum.
“NSW housing approvals have remained at least 40 per cent above the State target of 50,000 annual approvals since November 2015,” Mr Roberts said.
“A strong approvals pipeline ensures that new homes continue to be built, adding to jobs and growth, and relieving the pressure on house prices.
“Since the last election, we have averaged almost 73,000 building approvals a year. That is more than twice the annual rate of building approvals under Labor’ anemic figures of just 31,600 approvals a year.
“This demonstrates the Government’s ongoing commitment to putting downward pressure on house prices for New South Wales families.
“We have streamlined the development application process for new homes and set a target of 90 per cent of DAs being approved in less than 40 days.
“On top of that, infrastructure has also been a critical factor in helping us deliver record levels of housing approvals, especially in Greenfield areas in the North West and South West.
“We will continue to invest in world-class transport, hospitals, schools and green space as well as ensuring that housing is affordable, Mr Roberts said.

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    The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code and Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide will allow well-designed, dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces to be built under a fast track complying development approval, saving homeowners time and money.
    Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the new Code would facilitate faster housing supply and contribute to housing affordability.
    “The need for more high-quality medium sized homes comes as population projections estimate metropolitan Sydney will need another 725,000 homes to accommodate an extra 1.7 million people by 2036,” Mr Roberts said.
    “Low-rise medium density housing is the missing part of the NSW housing stock between traditional free-standing homes and strata-titled apartments.
    “With the growing and ageing population in NSW, there is a need for a greater variety of houses to suit the range of needs and lifestyles including growing families and empty nesters.
    “The Code and Design Guide will encourage the market to provide more diverse housing options by making it easier to build well-designed, quality medium density homes that respect existing neighbourhoods.”
    Proposed two-storey building height limits will ensure the size and scale of complying development is low rise and will easily fit into established streetscapes.
    “The Greater Sydney Commission’s Region and District Plans identify medium density housing as promoting greater housing choice, diversity and affordability. It allows for seniors to downsize as well as being a more affordable option for young people,” Mr Roberts said.
    The Medium Density Design Guide has been developed in partnership with the Government Architect’s Office and aims to improve the design of medium density housing by addressing key considerations including layout, landscaping, private open space, light, natural ventilation and privacy.
    Mr Roberts said the Design Guide was influenced by a national medium density design competition held by the NSW Government that invited architects and building designers to present a glimpse of the future of the state’s homes while testing the controls.
    “During the competition, talented creators showed what the future diversity of homes will look like, using space, light and smaller blocks,” Mr Roberts said.
    Executive Director, NSW of the Australian Institute of Architects, Mr Joshua Morrin, said that good architectural design of medium density homes would ensure that residents could enjoy good amenity and liveability.
    “Architectural design prioritises both quality of space and human amenity - qualities which our cities will need all the more as they continue to grow - the spaces that we live in need to work harder.
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    The new Code will only apply in areas where councils have already permitted medium density housing under their Local Environmental Plan.

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    Housing approvals across the state continue to soar with over 70,000 home approvals granted in 2017, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said this was the third consecutive calendar year that NSW recorded more than 70,000 building approvals.
    “The rate of building approvals and completions in NSW is continuing to power the NSW economy and provide vital employment opportunities across the building and construction industry,” Mr Roberts said.

Mr Roberts said almost twice as many homes were approved December 2017 compared to 2010, when, under Labor, only 36,828 homes were approved. 

“NSW is the number one state in the nation for housing approvals and continues to far exceed the Premier’s Priority Housing Target of 50,000 approvals per year which improves housing supply and helps to support housing affordability.
    “The NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering the homes for tomorrow to cater for our state’s growing population.”
    The latest figures released by the Department of Planning and Environment show that Western Sydney remains the epicenter of the state’s housing construction with 27,540 new homes approved in the year to November 2017.
“Along with our record transport infrastructure investment, these strong levels of housing approvals are vital to improving affordability and ensuring NSW remains number one.
    “And we are also ensuring that new housing is matched by more schools, hospitals, and green space”.
    Acting Treasurer, Victor Dominello said: “One of our Government’s priorities is to get more homes built and make it easier for first home buyers to enter the market and own their own home.
    “Thousands of people have taken advantage of the stamp duty exemptions and reductions to buy their first home, in the first quarter since the reforms came into effect”.
    The housing affordability package announced as part of the June Budget removes stamp duty for first home buyers for both new and existing homes for properties up to $650,000 and reduces duty for first homes between $650,000 and $800,000.
    “It is essential we prepare for the future by ensuring our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to own their own home,” Mr Dominello said.

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