Government plans to allow medium density housing without Council approval

The State government released a Discussion Paper late last year on a proposal to expand the types of development that could be done without development consent. This development, known as complying development, would include dual occupancies and medium density housing which the Department of Planning and Environment defines as manor homes and townhouses.

Manor homes are essentially a two storey building containing four flats, but are defined by the Department as “a form of housing where a single building contains 4 dwellings, two at ground floor level and 2 at first floor level”.

This latest strategy by the Department, to standardise medium density development and allow it as a type of “as of right” development in areas where it is not currently permitted, would have significant impacts on Mosman, and Sydney more generally. Resident amenity would be compromised by basement parking excavation, up to ten townhouses being built next door and no neighbour notification as part of a development assessment process.

A submission has been prepared by Council and sent to the Department this week.