Landcom to deliver affordable housing, but targets could be more ambitious

Landcom’s proposal to designate 5-10 per cent of housing around its Tallawong metro station project as affordable rental for a minimum period of 10 years has been welcomed by industry leaders but labelled a “missed opportunity” to be more ambitious on delivering affordable housing on government land.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment this month put on exhibition Landcom’s proposal to have 1100 housing units built around the site of the new metro station at Rouse Hill – part of a larger plan to build 11,000 new dwellings around the Metro Northwest project.

As part of the plan Landcom is proposing that 5-10 per cent of housing be set aside as affordable, in line with its recently announced Housing Affordability and Diversity Policy, but rather than requiring the affordable housing be delivered in perpetuity, Landcom is referencing the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (AHSEPP) as its definition of affordable housing, which requires housing to remain as affordable for a minimum of 10 years.

A social needs and impact assessment report delivered as part of the submission stated that Landcom’s plan was also in line with the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) proposed inclusionary zoning targets, which have yet to be adopted by government.

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Source: The Fifth Estate