Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos slams proposed housing reforms for Bondi

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The Minns government intends to permit buildings up to six floors within 400 yards of Sydney rail stations and town centres, including Bondi, or four storeys between 400 and 800 metres, as part of new planning reforms to alleviate the current housing crisis.

Waverley Council members expressed fears that eight-story apartment complexes might be developed close to single-story houses in the eastern suburbs as part of the state government’s low- and mid-rise housing proposal.

An artist’s impression shows how apartment blocks up to 21 metres high could be built in Bondi Beach under housing reforms proposed by the Minns government. Photo Waverley Council.
An artist’s impression shows how apartment blocks up to 21 metres high could be built in Bondi Beach under housing reforms proposed by the Minns government. Photo: Waverley Council.
An artist’s impression shows how apartment blocks up to 21 metres high could be built in Bondi Beach under housing reforms proposed by the Minns government. Photo Waverley Council.
An artist’s impression shows how apartment blocks up to 21 metres high could be built in Bondi Beach under housing reforms proposed by the Minns government. Photo: Waverley Council.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Waverley Labor Mayor Paula Masselos voiced particular concerns that the proposed reforms might lead to unplanned development in the eastern suburbs, compromising heritage.

“The use of non-refusal standards is incredibly concerning as it means these rules will overrule local councils’ carefully considered planning rules,” Paula Masselos said.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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