NSW government to scrap minimum parking requirements for new developments near transport hubs

23/09/2014 11:05 pm

Pru Goward PlanningChanges that would allow apartments near train stations or light rail stops to be built without parking will open many key sites for developments in parts of Sydney.

The new parking measures, proposed for 22 council areas including North Sydney, Parramatta, Strathfield and Waverley, are part of a raft of changes to apartment design standards announced by Planning Minister Pru Goward.

Ms Goward said the new guidelines, which also allow for more flexibility around apartment design, set a minimum size for studio units and introduced greater noise protections, would improve housing choice and put downward pressure on house prices.

“The closer people live to public transport hubs, the less likely they are to rely on cars,” Ms Goward said.

“A car space can add up to $50,000 to the cost of a new apartment, so providing more flexibility around car parking requirements could lead to savings of up to the same amount for homebuyers.”

Other changes to planning controls will also include mandated balconies for all new apartments, a minimum size of 35 square metres for studio apartments and making developers responsible for ensuring every apartment has access to a “shared backyard” for tenants.

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