Urban Policy & Planning

The contribution of our planning system to affordable housing

The planning system (and urban policy generally) has a substantial effect on housing supply and affordability.  It sets the framework and the system for decisions about land use allocation and development controls. By doing this it can affect (for better or worse) the supply of housing, the price of land, the diversity of housing types and tenures, and the level of amenity.

In many countries, the planning system has come to be a major factor in ensuring that affordable housing is significant part of the growth of cities and towns.  In NSW governments have generally resisted this.

Measures that have been taken to provide for inclusionary housing in high cost or redevelopment areas have been wound back.  For years redevelopment and gentrification of established areas have led to the loss of low cost housing, and the few planning controls designed to slow this have languished.  The processes of growth and development have led to increasing polarisation of our cities by income and access to opportunities.

Shelter and urban policy

Shelter advocates for a far better use of the planning system to prevent the loss of affordable housing and to help leverage new supply.  We also undertake research and advocacy on the way that protections and standards affect the well-being of people who live in our changing urban form.

Recently we have produced reports and information on:

  • Urban development & affordable housing
  • Localism & affordable housing
  • Mixed communities
  • National urban policy
  • Living well in greater density
  • Affordable housing in draft Metro plan
  • Urban activation precincts

Planning amendments information sheets

We have produced submissions on:

  • National Urban Policy
  • Affordable Rental SEPP
  • Draft Metro Strategy
  • The new planning system
  • SEPP 65
  • The NSW planning review

In October 2014 we initiated a lecture series on Urban Issues.