New planning squad takes flight to solve housing shortage and grow rural and regional Victoria

More land will be opened quicker for new homes in Regional Victorian under a Liberal Nationals plan to address one of the key issues facing local councils.

The Liberal Nationals’ plan will open 50,000 new lots of land in rural and regional communities by allocating $5 million to establish a new planning flying squad and by speeding up and simplifying the planning approvals process.

The planning flying squad will provide rural and regional councils with the resources and skillsets they need to assess applications, faster.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell said people right across south-west coast were already feeling the squeeze, and councils are swamped with new applications.

“A block of land, with a title that is ready to build on is really hard to find right across the region,” she said.

“Council’s are telling me they just don’t have the resources to keep up with the demand they are seeing and that in turn is causing backlogs and supply issues.

“Our plan will give the councils assistance they need, streamline planning approval process and in turn help ease pressure on the housing market.”

Ms Britnell said the influx of home buyers and renters to regional areas has sent house prices soaring, while rental vacancy rates have plummeted.

“By making it easier to plan and build new homes, it will free up established properties for individuals and families who are looking to rent,” she said.

“A planning flying squad and reformed laws will make sure proposals don’t drown in green tape, red tape and bureaucratic speak from government departments.

“The Andrews Labor Government’s increases taxes and charges on homes and on new developments will tighten the property market further – by contrast our plan will help more homes be built and help ease pressure on the regional property market.”

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