Media Release: Flood risk rules out 10,000 new homes – what’s Plan B?

Urban Taskforce Chief Executive, Tom Forrest, today called on the NSW Government to come up with a “Plan B” for new housing in Western Sydney after ruling out three massive projects that would have delivered 10,000 new homes.

NSW is required to deliver 376,000 new dwellings in the five years from July 2024, so development opportunities need to be firing on all cylinders – meaning the need for both infill and greenfield housing.

Western Sydney also needs a diversity of housing to promote jobs, economic growth and housing choice.

Two immediate steps could help fill the void created by this decision:
1. Allow for greater flexibility in the Metropolitan Rural Areas which are not flood prone
2. Reduce the impact of the new Sydney Water Development Service Plan tax on the housing supply

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