Home builders praise government's plan to fast-track homes in Leppington

Leppington is one of the south west's fastest growing suburbs with thousands of homes expected to be built over the next few years. Picture: Power Creative
Leppington is one of the south west's fastest growing suburbs with thousands of homes expected to be built over the next few years. Picture: Power Creative

The state government's recent announcement to fast track the rezoning of Leppington stages 2 and 5 has been praised by more than 30 home builders.

The builders lodged a campaign calling for the rezoning of thousands of land blocks sitting idle and awaiting rezoning in the Leppington Priority Precinct.

However, they say more of Leppington will need to be rezoned in the next two years to keep up with housing demands.

The fully-serviced land for 2500 homes which has now been rezoned is expected to be released to the market in coming months.

Leppington Living spokesperson and chief executive of Crownland Developments, Andrew Wiesener, said the media and advertising campaign, and support by industry bodies was successful in bringing attention to land supply shortages and escalating costs killing the dream of home ownership for ordinary Australians.

"NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes' prompt action to rezone Leppington Stages 2 and 5 is welcomed by Leppington Living and its consortium of 30 home builders desperate for stock for new home buyers," he said.

"This will provide a boost to stock and be welcomed by new home buyers.

"The rezoning comes just in time for the new Leppington living display village which is due to open in September 2021.

"The new display village will now have a sustainable land supply pipeline to meet demand for home buyers for the next two years. Leppington living will begin releasing lots for sale in the coming months."

The indicative layout plan of the future Leppington developments. Picture: NSW Government

The indicative layout plan of the future Leppington developments. Picture: NSW Government

Leppington stages 2 and 5 also includes 8.32 hectares of open space, 2.96 hectares identified for a school site, 23.18 hectares of land zoned for other infrastructure purposes and a 7.6 hectare park vauled at $4million.

Mr Wiesner said Crownland Developments lodged two Development Applications (DAs) for 164 lots immediately and Camden Council has commenced assessment of these DAs.

"Crownland will lodge DAs for an additional 380 lots within the month and continue to roll out further DAs and land releases to meet demand," he said.

Planning and public spaces minister Rob Stokes said the NSW Government was progressing rezonings in key growth areas to increase the potential for housing supply by thousands more homes.

"We've responded to the increased demand for greenfield housing as a result of the pandemic by accelerating these rezonings," Mr Stokes said.

"The rezoning of Leppington Precinct stages two and five will allow for up to 2400 new homes"

Mr Wiesener said Mr Stokes must move to unlock and rezone the remainder of Leppington within two years to meet ongoing housing demand.

"This means the NSW government, the Planning Minister and the Water Minister need to get serious about accelerating the delivery of critical wastewater infrastructure delaying land releases in the south-west," he said.

"The industry is primed for action and will no longer accept government departments and service authorities blaming the other on rezoning and servicing delays when it threatens the housing supply chain.

"For too long we have heard the land can't be rezoned because it is not serviced from the Planning Department and the land won't be serviced because it is not zoned from the Water Authority."

For more information, visit: planning.nsw.gov.au/leppington.