Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.


Friday June 19, 2015

Planning Minister Rob Stokes today released updated policy and guidelines for apartment design with a focus on creating liveable homes for communities across NSW.

The new guidelines will help ensure good design and comfortable living, helping to make NSW apartments the best in the country. 

“More people than ever before are choosing the lifestyle benefits apartment living brings, with the proportion of households living in apartments increasing to almost 30 per cent in the decade to 2011,” Tanya Davies said.

“It’s critical we make sure the next wave of apartment living focusses on creating vibrant spaces and communities, close to the shops, restaurants and parks we all love to enjoy,” said Tanya Davies.

Minister Rob Stokes said “Last month I gave clarity to industry on minimum apartment sizes; today’s announcement builds on this by releasing updated standards for liveable apartments.”

“These guidelines take expert advice from specialists and people living in apartments to make sure new apartment developments provide enough light, ventilation, open space and a sensible approach to car parks,” said Minister Stokes.

A draft policy and Draft Apartment Design Guide was released for consultation in late 2014, with an updated range of minimum apartment sizes announced on 15 May 2015.

Minister Rob Stokes said “We have listened to public feedback and heeded advice from local councils that not requiring car spaces within 400 metres of a train station is not viable in some situations.”

The amended policy and new Guideline under SEPP 65 introduces greater flexibility into the design process to encourage more innovation, and provide clarity and consistency in the way design issues are dealt with for apartments.

For more information visit – www.planning.nsw.gov.au/betterapartments

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