Good housing is not just about ‘bricks and mortar’, and it does not finish at the front door. Housing needs to be well-located, so that households have access to employment, education, transport and essential services. It should be located in neighbourhoods which are good places to live. It should have the least possible negative impact on the natural environment.
Because of this, Shelter is concerned with issues such as:
- the design and management of public housing, particularly more dense forms of housing and housing in locations where public housing is mixed in with privately-owned housing
- the range of state environmental planning policies that impact on the delivery of affordable housing.
We are hosting a planning forum on Thursday, 30 May 2013 in Sydney for community organisations and tenant/resident activists. The event will focus on the NSW government white paper on the planning system and the draft Planning Bill: what do they mean for ecologically-sustainable development, affordable housing, and community input into decision-making on development? Download the forum flyer and register now!
Our recent work on making livable environments includes:
- a Shelter NSW update on urban development and affordable housing (18 April 2013)
- a Shelter NSW update on affordable housing in the Draft metropolitan strategy for Sydney to 2031 (2 April 2013)
- a submission on strata title law reform (14 November 2012)
- a submission on a new planning system for New South Wales (11 September 2012)
- a submission on the review of NSW planning system (February 2012)
- a submission on the review of State Environmental Planning Policy 65 and the Residential Flat Design Code (February 2012)
- a report, Dwelling with visual and acoustic privacy, Shelter Brief 50 (February 2012)
- a report, Localism and affordable housing, Shelter Brief 49 (February 2012)
- a report, Mixed communities, Shelter Brief 48 (January 2012).