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The City of Canterbury Bankstown is preparing to align boarding house controls across the City, following some poor development outcomes in Canterbury.
In 2015, the former Bankstown Council became the first council in the state to use the courts to stop boarding houses being constructed in low-density residential areas, after introducing new measures approved by the then NSW Planning Minister. These additional controls also addressed setbacks, solar access, design for climate, accessibility, privacy, open space, landscaped areas and parking.
The former Canterbury Council had no specific controls for boarding house development, relying on those contained in the NSW Government’s Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), released in 2009, which allows for boarding houses in most residential areas and some business zones.
City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, said following the introduction of this SEPP, the number of approvals for boarding houses increased significantly in Canterbury-Bankstown, with almost 700 rooms in 35 developments over the past nine years.
"Sole reliance on those controls has resulted in significant issues with boarding house development in Canterbury," Mayor Asfour said.
"In particular, because such development hasn’t been subject to the Apartment Design Guide, often resulting in very poor development outcomes.
"That situation is about to change. We intend to align controls to create consistency for this form of development right across Canterbury-Bankstown."
Boarding houses are buildings that:
The new City of Canterbury Bankstown has received 15 applications this year, seven were refused, one withdrawn, and the remainder are still waiting decision.
Recently, Council won court cases where two three-level boarding houses were rejected for sites at 118 Duntroon Street and 36 Floss Street, Hurlstone Park, after they were found to be not compatible with the character of the local area; exceeded height limits; and would affect the amenity of adjoining properties.
Council has won a further 28 court cases relating to all development this year, including 10 over the past two months:
19/12/2017 10:11 AM