Neighbours to lose in push on housing

Posted on October 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Melbourne's housing requirements. Source: Victoria in the Future 2012.

Melbourne’s housing requirements. Source: Victoria in the Future 2012.

Neighbours could lose the right of appeal against permits for multistorey apartment towers as part of the state government’s push for more affordable housing in a city hurtling towards 6.5 million people.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy will on Wednesday unveil rules making it easier for high-density residential development to be approved under a 40-year metropolitan planning strategy.

“Developers behind multistorey residential buildings that meet certain guidelines will not be required to notify residents or be subject to third-party appeals”.

One initiative will include a new red-tape-busting system to fast-track planning permit approvals in areas slated for significant housing growth. Local councils would assist in earmarking those areas where the rules would apply.

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