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More properties to receive 10 day approval

By Staff Reporter
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More properties will be able to receive 10 day planning approval under new changes to New South Wales legislation, according to recent announcements.

Where granny flats have had 10 day approval for some time, more types of buildings are set to be eligible under planning code changes, as well as increased flexibility, minister for planning and infrastructure, Brad Hazzard, said.

Currently under exhibition until 9 November for 10 day approval potential are complete builds for industrial properties up to 20,000sqm (including warehouse and distribution facilities on industrial-development zoned land), 50 per cent floor space increases in additions or alterations up to 1,000sqm for shops, and more than 240 different combinations of building use changes (such as from light industrial to self-storage).

The building of single-storey ‘detached studios’ behind existing properties without rear lane access is also tipped to now be permitted.

“We need to cut through red-tape and fast-track simple development applications in order to get new housing built as quickly as possible,” sad Mr Hazzard.

However, changes will have to be given to neighbours earlier for comment.

“The O’Farrell Government’s reforms will require neighbours within 50 metres to be given notification five days before a certifier is able to approve the development,” he said. Previously, this had been two days.

Some other more restrictive changes may be higher privacy requirements for private residences, as well as more privacy screens required for second storeys.

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