New Homes To Get Approval In 10 Days

16/04/2013 12:03 am

New homes could be approved within 10 days under  proposed changes to planning laws that are tipped to spark a building boom in Sydney, reports The Australian.

In an attempt to address the state's housing shortage and affordability issues, councils will be forced to determine 80 per cent of all suitable NSW buildings in just 25 days, according to the NSW white paper to be released today.

New homes and renovations under two storeys and that do not affect neighbours with overshadowing or privacy issues, authorities will have to give their rulings within 10 days or risk losing decision-making powers on major projects.

Suitable apartments developments of up to 20 townhouses, new shops and land subdivisions will also get determinations in less than a month.

"If you put in a DA for a new house that meets all the requirements, you shouldn't have to wait for up to two or three months to get an approval like you do now," Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said.

"We expect our changes to the DA system will generate savings for the community and industry of up to $1.7 billion over the next 10 years."

The Government proposes changes to developer levies forcing new apartments in the affluent east to pay infrastructure levies to stop western homebuyers copping up to $40,000 on the cost of their houses, while $2 million properties in the east pay just $5000.

At the moment, a $450,000 new house in Camden will cost homebuyers more than $40,000 in combined local and state infrastructure contributions, while the owners of a new three-bedroom, $2 million apartment in Double Bay would pay just over $5000 in local contributions.

"Whether you are in Camden or Collaroy, if your new development creates demand for infrastructure, you should make a modest contribution to the cost of new or upgraded infrastructure to support growth," Mr Hazzard said.

The white paper will allow NSW councils the chance to keep their powers to determine the fate of DAs worth up to $20 million.