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In 2016, the Greater Sydney Commission’s South District Plan set a target of 58,000 additional dwellings for Canterbury-Bankstown by 2036.
This figure represents 70 per cent of the total number of additional dwellings for the South District which also includes Sutherland Shire and Georges River Council.
Council responded to the NSW Government set target with a Local Strategic Planning Statement, which is supported by the Housing Strategy. This guides the delivery of housing in our area to 2036.
Council studies found only 50,000 dwellings could be accommodated responsibly in the right location and supported with the necessary infrastructure. This is 8,000 dwellings below the South District Plan’s direction for Canterbury Bankstown.
Although Council anticipates growth, it rejected the NSW Government’s unrealistic target by 8,000 dwellings or up to 40,000 additional residents.
What is the Housing Target
Based on analysis of current trends in Canterbury-Bankstown, Council has identified a minimum demand of at least 39,500 new dwellings to 2036. This demand must be met in a planned, controlled way.
Council’s plan will help prevent urban sprawl of ad-hoc planning proposals and plan for the future which will see increased density around three metropolitan cities and centres in New South Wales (Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbour City). Canterbury-Bankstown is within the future Central River City.
If we plan for growth and regularly review our strategies and the Local Environment Plan (LEP), Council will have greater power to reject ad-hoc planning proposals inconsistent with its strategies.
To protect our neighbourhoods, we will distribute 80 per cent of growth to town centres, particularly in areas with good transport connectivity, high amenity, and ready access to services and facilities. We will also ensure that housing growth in centres are carefully balanced with employment growth, open space and good design.
Only 20 per cent of growth will be distributed to suburban areas, largely through low density in-fill development.
The Greater Sydney Commission set two timelines:
A 5-year target to 2021 – 13,250 dwellings; and
A 20-year target to 2036 – 58,000 dwellings.
From January 2016 to December 2019, 8,211 dwellings were delivered in Canterbury Bankstown (Greater Sydney Regional Housing Activity, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment).