The incorporation of the current SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) into the draft NSW Housing SEPP will significantly impact the aged care and retirement sector.
- The Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability SEPP is to be repealed and replaced with a broader Housing SEPP.
- The future development of Independent Living Units will not be allowed in R2 Low Density Residential zones.
- The proposed bonus provisions have limitations in incentivising development in suitable locations.
The modifications will clarify permissible zones for where seniors housing may be developed, provide certainty and enable reduced assessment timeframes.
While there are improvements, we are concerned that some of the new provisions reduce capacity for development in the right places and ultimately limit increased opportunity for new developments that promote ‘ageing in place’ and affordability.