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


Current position July 2021

The Planning Proposal for 2-4 Nooal Street and 66 Bardo Road, Newport (PP0003/17) was on public exhibition following a revised Gateway Determination from 28 April to 30 May 2021.

The Planning Proposal seeks to amend the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan 2014 (Schedule 1 Additional Permitted Uses) to allow for seniors living on the site.

A report noting the outcome of the statutory public exhibition of Planning Proposal PP0003/17 will be presented to the Council meeting on Tuesday 27 July 2021.

The report recommends that Council maintain its objection to the Planning Proposal and that the Planning Proposal be returned to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for completion.

Full details of council current objection


A bad decision

On the 20th August 2020 the NBC (Northern Beaches Council) appeal to IPC (Independent Planning Commission) against the DPIE (Department of Planning Industry & Environment) Gateway determination in favour of the proposal was refused so now all legal challenges are exhausted.

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