Residential developments cleared for take off

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THE NSW government has removed a “factual error” noise clause in the Western City District Plan that would have prohibited residential developments for up to 240 sq km of land surrounding Badgerys Creek Airport, after media attention.

As previously reported exclusively by Australian Property Journal on May 09, which was viewed by over 18,000 readers, the Urban Taskforce had written to a number of NSW Planning Ministers regarding the noise clause, and despite meetings, no action was taken.

The Urban Taskforce warned that the noise clause could stop new housing developments surrounding Western Sydney Airport.

Australian Property Journal is pleased to report that the government has now rectified the issue.

Australian Property Journal can report the Greater Sydney Commission has now deleted the noise reference in its use of the National Airports Safeguarding Framework (NASF).

The Commission has also has released a District Plan note stating a factual error has been made.

“There is a factual error in the current Greater Sydney Region Plan and the Western City, Eastern City and South District Plans with an incorrect reference made to the Commonwealth’s approach to planning for noise around airports, known as Guideline A.

“The NSW Government continues to adopt the National Airports Safeguarding Framework, but has not adopted one of the guidelines relating to aircraft noise,” the note said. “The NSW Government continues to apply the Australian Standard (AS2021), which uses the robust and scientifically-based Australian Noise Exposure Forecast methodology when considering the right zoning of land around airports.

To align with the government’s approach to noise around airports, the guideline now reads, “Recognising and giving effect to the National Airports Safeguarding Framework, incorporating airspace protection (e.g. height), turbulence and wildlife safety measures,”

“The Greater Sydney Commission will work with the Department of Planning and Environment to update all three plans to reflect the correct position. We apologise if this has caused any confusion,” The Commission said.

Australian Property Journal

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