IN THE maze that is Sydney property planning, let’s start with the incontrovertible. There is not enough housing. Demand grows by 25,000 homes a year but only about 18,000 are built. That helps keep housing prices out of the reach of many, particularly the young.
Next, whatever the strengths and flaws of past policies intended to free up housing supply, they did not work, or did not work enough. There is little sense in persisting exclusively with a policy or suite of policies that do not do the job.