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'Boulevard of Broken Dreams': Planning, Housing Supply and Aff ordability in Urban Australia

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This paper examines policy debates and empirical evidence on housing demand, supply and affordability in Australia, focusing specifically on the most populous Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). Drawing on government reports, ministerial speeches and policy documents produced over the period 2003–2014, as well as on housing market trends, the policy analysis and empirical data presented in the paper suggests that the 'planning system is constraining housing supply' narrative has served to distract from other government interventions which influence affordable housing development. Further, in contrast to the perceptions of planning as a 'constraint' to new housing supply, the empirical analysis suggests that the NSW planning system appears well able to adjust to increases in housing demand.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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