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GDS commends the findings and recommendations of this year’s “Building Blocks” report by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW). The report makes recommendations to the NSW Government, to alleviate the “housing affordability crisis” caused by a lack of supply, despite recent record construction and approvals. Being at the ‘coalface’ of land and housing delivery, all the report’s recommendations resonate with us in some way, based on our daily experience having our clients’ subdivisions approved and then building them.
The “Building Blocks” report identifies 17 critical infrastructure projects (roads, electricity, water and sewer) in Sydney’s four greenfield growth sectors that would unlock around 94,500 dwellings in 3 years, at a cost of $286 million.
In his introductory message to the report, UDIA NSW CEO Steven Mann concludes:
“Government investment is needed to catalyse supply and deliver the last piece of infrastructure, which is too big for a developer, but not big enough for typical focus from government. These lots will bring forward the homes that can help fill the 100,000 dwellings backlog and meet our economic and population growth targets.”
This remark indicates the Government needs to shift or complement its current priorities to alleviate housing supply shortages. In our work with clients across outer Sydney’s greenfields areas we are only too well aware of the ‘road-blocks’ to development, like the missing infrastructure cited by the UDIA. A number of other issues are tackled in “Building Blocks”, issues which we at GDS grapple with practically every day, in getting approvals for our clients so they can get on with the job of providing new housing land for Sydneysiders.
TACKLING SYDNEY’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS - UDIA’S BUILDING BLOCKS REPORT
Here are a few examples:
Jim Davies, Principal Planner
The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sail. ~ William A Ward
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