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Benefits for you and your community

The NSW Government is committed to housing the people of our state.

Our households are changing, but for a long time we haven’t been building the kind of homes people want.

The diverse and well-located homes program will help transform the way we approach housing in NSW. Here are 5 ways the program will benefit communities.

1. More choice of homes

We need a variety of housing options to cater for different housing needs, preferences, and life stages. The diverse and well-located homes program will encourage more low-rise and mid-rise housing to fill the gap between detached homes and high-rise apartments. This means better choices for the types of housing that suit people's changing needs.

Low-rise housing: one- to 2-storey housing

Mid-rise housing: 3- to 6-storey housing

Mt Druitt, NSW – Example of mixed density housing. Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment

2. Homes close to transport, shops, services, and open spaces

It’s not just about delivering more homes; communities need access to the right infrastructure that supports them. Neighbourhoods that have good access to transport, schools, hospitals, shops, and open space help people live healthy and productive lives.

Fairwater, NSW – Example of dual occupancy housing. Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment

3. Housing that is more affordable

NSW has some of the lowest housing density in the world. Building up, rather than out, not only saves money but it helps create housing supply – which creates affordability.

Building homes in well-located areas, close to transport hubs and town centres, can help reduce the cost of living by giving people access to walkable amenities, cost-effective transport options, and a variety of housing options.

Mowbray Road, Lane Cove, NSW – Example of more affordable homes. Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment

4. Faster delivery of more homes

Building homes near existing infrastructure and amenities is more cost-effective. It also means quicker construction so people can get into homes faster. More development also offers an opportunity to revitalise urban areas.

New housing development at Bayside West Precinct, NSW. Credit: NSW Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure

5. Well-designed homes

Design criteria and a pattern book of endorsed housing designs will help encourage more well-designed and well-located low- and mid-rise housing options for NSW households.

Read more about the proposed changes to create more homes across NSW at the NSW Planning Portal.

Lardelli Drive, Ryde, Sydney NSW - Example of Medium Density Housing. Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment / Christopher Walters

Types of homes in NSW