Red tape cut for greenfield housing

Planning approvals will no longer be required for new homes in greenfield developments in South Australia as the government cuts red tape to help ease the housing crisis.

Aug 16, 2023, updated Aug 16, 2023
Photo: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Photo: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

The changes allow for new builds that meet basic requirements in greenfield development areas to bypass the separate planning consent process through local councils, saving time and money.

Premier Peter Malinauskas said this would allow South Australians to realise their dream of home ownership sooner.

“This gives confidence to new homebuyers and industry that we are increasing supply in key growth areas as quickly as possible, with planning safeguards in place,” he said.

The changes set out minimum planning requirements for new homes including building setbacks, maximum heights, parking spaces and vehicle access.

Building consent and final development approval will still be required to ensure new homes are safe and meet standards.

The changes will not apply in established suburbs, or infill areas, where a greater level of design is needed to integrate a new house into an existing area.

Planning and Urban Development Minister Nick Champion said fast-tracking new homes would provide a critical housing boost desperately needed across the state.

“A more streamlined and efficient planning system means better outcomes for South Australians wanting to build their own home, easing pressure on a tight market,” he said.


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