Housing boom in Bayside with 10,000 new homes expected

Housing boom: Number of new dwellings by local government area.

Housing boom: Number of new dwellings by local government area.

Wolli Creek, Cooks Cove, Banksia and Arncliffe can all expect a housing boom in the next five years. 

In forecasts released by the state government almost 185,000 new houses and apartments will be added to the city by 2021 – about 85 per cent more properties than were built in the previous five years.

Parramatta will be home to the largest increase in dwellings, with another 21,450 properties added to the council area, according to the forecasts by the Department of Planning and the Environment.

The next largest increases are in the City of Sydney council area, with 18,250 new dwellings; Blacktown, with 13,600 new properties; and Canterbury-Bankstown, with 12,200 new dwellings.

Bayside Council will add another 10,000 homes.

Those will mostly be situated in Wolli Creek, Cooks Cove, the Arncliffe and Banksia priority precincts, Mascot Station precinct and the Wilson and Pemberton street precinct at Botany.

The Department's forecasts are based on development that is already under construction, developers either approved or being assessed, and land rezoned for residential purposes.

If the forecasts do come to fruition, the next five years will surpass a period between 1968 and 1973 – when apartment construction had been fuelled by the introduction of the strata title system – as the largest increase to Sydney's housing supply in its history.

The estimate of 184,300 new dwellings in the next five years follows the construction of 100,650 homes in the five years between 2011 and 2016. Between 2006 and 2011, about 69,650 new properties were added to Sydney.

The Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, said the spread of the new dwellings meant the perennial Sydney problem of creating new properties only on the fringes of the city was finally being addressed.

"When you look at the top areas, it is Parramatta, it is the City of Sydney, it's Blacktown, and Blacktown includes some greenfield release, but also some infill areas," said Mr Stokes.

"We are getting the balance better," he said.

"Getting over the greenfield issue was probably the biggest thing that needed to be done, and these figures indicate that that's happening."

However, local residents are concerned that new homes will put extra strain on local roads and services.

Rockdale Residents Unite member Bernie Sharah said there needed to be a better balance between building new homes and retaining green spaces that everyone could enjoy.

‘’I question the accelerated push for housing when some of the statistics don’t back it up,’’ he said.

‘’I think some of the push is speculative rather than the actual demand.’’

He said local residents were concerned that important green space could be lost.

‘’Time and time again residents bring up the need for green space,’’ he said.

‘’The Planning Minister needs to be transparent with what he’s saying and how the transport and services will deal with such a big influx of people.’’


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