The Planning and Environment Act has been amended to facilitate voluntary agreements for the provision of affordable housing as part of development applications.

The Planning and Environment Act has been amended to facilitate voluntary agreements for the provision of affordable housing as part of development applications.

Reforms to planning make it easier for councils and developers to negotiate voluntary agreements to include affordable homes in residential developments.

Councils and developers have tried to negotiate agreements in the past but there has not been a clear process to guide negotiations. There has been uncertainty about the legal validity of the agreements and confusion about what is meant by affordable housing. It has wasted time and effort, led to unnecessary costs and most critically, seen many lost opportunities to increase the number of affordable homes.

The reforms define affordable housing and provide guidance on how voluntary affordable housing agreements between councils and developers can be negotiated.

Download the Affordable Housing Agreement fact sheet

Visit the Affordable Housing Agreements website