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Proposed Housing Diversity SEPP

A proposed new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) aims to facilitate the delivery of diverse housing that meets the needs of the State’s growing population and will support the development of a build-to-rent sector.


The proposed Housing Diversity State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing Diversity SEPP) would consolidate three current SEPPs and update some planning provisions in response to community and council concerns about boarding house and seniors housing development.


Changes to facilitate more social housing are also proposed and three new diverse housing types – build-to-rent housing, student housing and co-living – are being introduced to provide more housing options for the people of NSW.


The proposed changes, as set out in the Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE), will ensure that the residential development sector is well-placed to assist the economic recovery of NSW following the COVID-19 pandemic.


The EIE was on exhibition from 29 July 2020 until 9 September 2020.


You can view all exhibited documents, included the EIE on our Planning Portal.


Housing strategy discussion paper

The proposed Housing Diversity SEPP is an example of government-led action to address housing diversity and affordability, in line with the proposed NSW Housing Strategy.


The discussion paper for the proposed NSW Housing Strategy sets out a whole-of-government approach to meeting NSW’s housing needs over the next 20 years and was recently exhibited for public consultation.


View the consultation material for the proposed Housing Strategy.


Together, the proposed Housing Strategy and the proposed Housing Diversity SEPP reflect the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering housing that meets the needs of our current and future communities.


Existing affordable housing policies

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Page last updated: 21/09/2020