The State Government has published a new draft housing policy which combines five different SEPP policies and covers the following:

The draft Housing SEPP contains new and updated provisions, including:
 Boarding Houses – rooms will need to be rented at an affordable rate and managed by a registered community housing provider;
 Co-living housing – housing designed for community living, with private spaces connected to community facilities, and includes student housing; and
 Seniors Housing – setting out zones where seniors housing will be permissible to provide more certainty for councils and the community, and to encourage development in accessible locations.

The importance of this is that the policy will prevent Seniors Housing from R2 Zones and should be effective from the date the draft policy was published. This in turn will probably mean that the Nooal/Bardo Seniors proposal will most likely fail given that the DA has yet to be assessed (we hope that is the case).

Read the details of the new policy below,

Extract from policy re R2 Zones

Press Release from Rob Stokes

Full Draft policy


 Listen to Wendy Frew – “Radio Northern Beaches”: 
Seniors Housing or Overdevelopment?
This episode includes:-
Start to 8 mins – North Avalon Road, Avalon – Sepp 55
8 to 26 mins – Mark Skelsey – Sepp 55 Planning Expert
27.5 to 37.5 mins – Gavin Butler – Bardo Road, Newport – 2 x Sepp 55
37.5 mins to end – Mayor Michael Regan – Sepp 55 on the beaches