NSW pilot delivers new social homes

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THE NSW Government will deliver 53 social homes in six months, thanks to their pilot program that utilisers seven builders and fast-tracked approvals.

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) will deliver 100 new social homes across metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW and is currently in the process of finalising contracts with seven home builders.

The builders were chosen on account of their demonstrated efficiency in building high-quality dual occupancy and manor homes. Those selected were Beechwood Homes, Hudson Homes, Westbury Constructions, Mavid Construction, Mars Building, Metricon Homes and Simpson Building Group.

The homes are a part of the Medium Density Housing Program, which will invest around $26 million and create 130 jobs.

“We need more housing in this sector and hope that this pilot will be the precursor to the delivery of many hundreds more of new social housing dwellings and jobs,” said David Bare, executive director of the Housing Industry Association.

The first 53 homes will begin construction on 25 sites in January of 2021, to be completed by mid-2021. While the remaining 47 homes on 17 sites, will start in mid-2021 and are scheduled for a 2022 completion.

The homes will consist of either attached dual occupancy homes or manor homes, divided into up to four units, under the NSW Government’s Low-Rise Housing Diversity Code.

“The Code has been subject to extensive consultation and supports well-designed and sustainable homes that respond appropriately to the character of the area, landscape setting and surrounding built form,” said Mick Cassel, chief executive of LAHC.

“Using the Code means we don’t need to seek site-specific development application approvals and therefore slash anywhere between two to six months from the job of delivering new housing,” said Cassel.

“These homes look and appear just like other low-density homes that are found in local residential areas and will blend in seamlessly with surrounding local communities; including 55 per cent which will be located outside of metropolitan Sydney.”

This program is part of the government’s Future Directions for Social Housing plan which aims to provide more social housing of a high standard that fits in with local communities.

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