Call for Sydney councils to support low cost housing | The Sydney Morning Herald

Wed Nov 25, 2015

The community housing sector is urging local councils to dump exorbitant fees for affordable developments after a charity organisation was left almost $500,000 out of pocket before the first brick was laid on a much-needed unit block in Sydney's west.

RichmondPRA, a large non-profit group which supports people who are socially disadvantaged, lodged a development application to build 41 affordable units in Guildford in 2014.

It took almost a year for Holroyd City Council to approve the development, to house low to moderate income earners, which RichmondPRA estimates cost the organisation $100,000 in lost time.

After the development was approved, RichmondPRA was asked to pay a further $379,000 contribution towards local infrastructure and amenities to serve the new residents.

RichmondPRA chief executive officer Pam Rutledge appealed to the council to waive the fee but said the request was voted down on the grounds that the unit block was regarded as a commercial development.

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