Bid to Unlock Paper Subdivisions

12/02/2012 9:51 pm


Feedback is being sought by the NSW Government on a proposal to assist the State's housing supply by allowing potentially thousands of homes to be finally built on century-old 'paper subdivisions' across NSW.

Paper subdivisions are 'planning anomalies' where land was subdivided for housing decades ago on lots as small as 45 sqm, however housing was not permitted, despite owners still having to pay Council rates.

"I am pleased that consultation has begun on this proposal to help unlock one of the most vexed issues in the State's planning system," Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard said today.

"These areas typically have problems with small lot sizes and poor infrastructure. Additionally, landowners are typically small 'mum and dad' investors who haven't had previous experience using complex planning laws."

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on a draft regulation and guidelines which has the potential to assist landowners to finally build a home or sell their land for developments. The documents outline the consultation that a public authority, such as Landcom or a council, would need to take before it could amalgamate smaller lots into more viable parcels for development (with majority of owner support).

The NSW Government's development arm, Landcom, is expected to use the system to unlock the development potential at a long-standing paper subdivision at Riverstone in north-western Sydney. This area was subdivided in the late 1800s.

The Planning Minister is urging landowners and developers who own land in these areas to review the exhibition documents at the Department's website before 9 March and make their voices heard.