Manufactured home estates have had a recent resurgence and are causing issues for councils and communities along the NSW coast. These estates contain relocatable homes, often with community and recreation facilities, and are popular with the over 55 age group who are seeking a retirement lifestyle.
A number of developments across the MidCoast have given rise to concerns relating to the location of the estates, potential impacts on neighbours, the number of homes, the design of the estate and parking. Having three sets of planning controls across the MidCoast, for the three former regions, has led to some inconsistency with how this type of development is considered.
The Zoning In project is underway and aims to develop one set of planning controls for the MidCoast, likely to complete by 2022.
As an interim step, we have worked with the State Government to develop a planning proposal to provide a level of consistency to how manufactured home estates are considered across the MidCoast. The planning proposal includes:
- a new local provision that defines manufactured home estates in the Greater Taree Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2010, Great Lakes LEP 2014 and Gloucester LEP 2010;
- changes to the land use table for the General Residential zone in the Greater Taree LEP 2010 to make it a ‘closed’ zone, consistent with the residential zones in the Great Lakes and Gloucester LEPs. The land use table will identify all permissible (with or without consent) land uses, making all others prohibited. This will mean that manufactured home estates will no longer be able to apply as an innominate use.
In support of the planning proposal, we are also making changes to all three Development Control Plans (Great Lakes, Greater Taree and Gloucester) to include provisions for manufactured home estates. The changes will require new estates to consider issues such as the compatibility with the surrounding neighbourhood, landscaping, design, parking, storage facilities, environmental issues and social impacts. These changes are provided in Appendix E of the planning proposal.
We are seeking feedback on both the changes to the Local Environmental Plans (as outlined in the planning proposal(PDF, 1MB)) and the Development Control Plans (as outlined in Appendix E(PDF, 1MB) of the planning proposal). Feedback can be made until 31 July 2020.
The Hallidays Point community expressed an interest in manufactured home estates on a number of occasions. To follow-up on these discussions, we are having a drop-in session at Hallidays Point on Thursday, 2 July 2020. Given the COVID-19 restrictions, the session will be by appointment only. Please contact Council on 7955 7777 to make an appointment.