Planning policy review expected to cut red tape

Tourists and caravan park owners are expected to be the big winners in a NSW review of caravan park planning laws.

The NSW Department of Planning review will look at laws related to the approval of manufactured home estates and caravan parks, with an aim to cut red tape and make it easier for different housing options to be provided.

“Parks have been calling for this for a long time,” said Bob Browne of the Caravan, Camping and Manufactured Housing Industry Association of NSW. 

“It’s a coming together of a need and a requirement. It’s been 10 years since the last review, and the policy needs to be brought up to date to reflect our current needs.”

It’s expected the review will streamline the process for developers to turn green field sites into parks, and give caravan parks greater freedom to adjust the number of spots approved for manufactured homes or short-term caravan spots.

Though holiday parks across the state are full during peak holiday periods such as Christmas and Easter, many operators are struggling during the off periods.

“We want to ensure that we’ve not only got enough sites for tourists, but that our needs for more affordable housing are also met,” said Mr Browne.

A spokesperson for the Department said they have already started a dialogue with industry experts and councils, as well as invested stakeholders, and will throw the conversation open to the community in the coming months.