UDIA NSW launches new interactive data dashboard

UDIA NSW has put together an interactive dashboard to allow members to dive deeper into approvals data for the last 3 years. The dashboard visualises the number and building type breakdown of approvals for all LGAs in New South Wales and allows you to select a custom time span between mid-2017 and now. This is the first taste of new research dashboards that UDIA will be rolling out to members over the coming months.

Of particular note is the performance of Blacktown City Council, which has approved the most dwellings (18,853) of any LGA in the state over the last 3 years. Blacktown is followed by Parramatta and Liverpool, which approved 14,510 and 11,961 dwellings respectively, showing the importance of the Central City to the future of Greater Sydney.

“Missing Middle” housing typologies are well overdue

Media Release: 16 March 2020 – The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW today commends NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes’ clear message to get on with the job and let the industry build for the “missing middle”. Minister Stokes has committed to 1 July deadline for any deferred planning proposals.

“Apartment approvals have fallen drastically and the ‘missing middle’ typologies are needed immediately to cater to both young families and our ageing population,” said chief executive Steve Mann.

The Sydney-based apartment stock will imminently dive off a supply cliff with apartment approvals down over 50 per cent from the peak.

Source: ABS; UDIA NSW 2019

“With an ageing population, low rise-medium density provides a greater opportunity to age in place, and provides an affordable option for those who moved into the ‘garden suburbs’ to remain near friends and neighbours,” said Mr Mann.

“The ‘missing middle’ also opens up more options for those seeking to start families using older stock in established suburbs, as well as renewal opportunities, which might provide homes for first homebuyers,” he said.

Councils have had five years to prepare for the ‘missing middle’ and yet 24 Councils have not pursued planning proposals, or they have pursued planning proposals to disallow low-rise housing.
“The medium-density code is a great piece of public policy to cater to the changing demographics of our society. Councils were given generous deadline by the Department, but now is time for decisive action,” said Mr Mann.

Around the country, other jurisdictions have allowed for a range of innovative housing typologies, including ‘micro housing’ in WA and the Gold Coast.

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Media contact: Mia Kwok 0435 361 697 media@udiansw.com.au