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Boarding house controls have been tightened across Canterbury-Bankstown, following last
night’s Council decision to adopt a proposal to amend the Canterbury Local Environmental
Plan (LEP) 2012 and Canterbury Development Control Plan (CDCP) 2012.
The proposed changes aim to improve design and amenity for boarding houses in the former
Canterbury area, to align with controls already in place in the former Bankstown area.
The former Canterbury Council did not have specific controls for boarding house
development, and relied solely on the NSW Government’s rules for boarding houses under
the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).
This resulted in development of boarding houses on very small and narrow lots, with minimal
setbacks, poor ventilation, and little regard for sunlight.
City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, said more affordable housing was
needed in our city, but not at the cost of poor design and amenity for neighbours and
“By aligning the Canterbury and Bankstown controls, new boarding house developments will
only be allowed on appropriate sites, and must follow planning rules, like access to sunlight
and air flow,” he said.
The amended controls for the Canterbury LEP and DCP outline requirements for:
Mayor Asfour said there were 20 applications for boarding houses in the Canterbury area,
currently being processed by Council.
“In fairness to those applicants who lodged a development application before we finished
consulting with the community about the proposed changes, any boarding house applications
lodged before Friday 1 February 2019 will be assessed under the previous controls,” he said.
“While they are not as rigorous as the new controls, they still require a merit assessment and
consideration of whether the proposed development would be compatible with the character
of the local area.”
29/05/2019 4:06 PM