The NSW Government has implemented changes to speed up the assessment process for affordable and social housing developments, aiming to provide homes more quickly to those in need.

This involves a new state-led rezoning pathway to fast-track proposals from housing agencies like Homes NSW and Landcom.

Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren welcomed the move saying, “Social and affordable housing supply is one of the most pressing issues here in Campbelltown.

“Everyone has the right to have a roof over their head, and the delivery of more social and affordable housing is critical to making sure that all individuals or families can have a place to call home.”

A dedicated team within the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure will oversee the process from concept review to final assessment, aiming to halve current wait times.

These changes allow local councils to focus on assessing local development applications. Additionally, the government has introduced measures such as bonus Floor Space Ratio and height incentives for developments including affordable housing, changes to self-assessment powers for housing providers, and a requirement for affordable housing in Transit-Oriented Development locations.

“We need to expedite the delivery of more social and affordable homes and not have applications held up in unwieldly and complicated planning rules that don’t deliver homes for people in need,” Minister for Housing Rose Jackson said.

These efforts aim to streamline the planning system and expedite the delivery of more homes across NSW.