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Source: NSW Planning and Environment, Australia
The NSW Government promotes better apartment design across NSW through the State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (SEPP 65).
This policy aims to deliver a better living environment for the residents now choosing this form of housing, and enhance our streetscapes and our neighbourhoods across the State.
It does this by establishing a consistent approach to the design and assessment of apartments and the way they are assessed by councils.
The Apartment Design Guide explains how to apply SEPP 65’s design principles to the design of new apartments.
It provides design criteria and general guidance about how development proposals can achieve the nine design quality principles identified in SEPP 65 (State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development).
The Residential Flat Design Code has been superseded by the Apartment Design Guide.
For applications lodged prior to the 19 June 2015 the Residential Flat Design Code still applies.
What is the Apartment Design Guide. This Apartment Design Guide is a resource to improve the planning and design of residential apartment development in NSW. It updates and replaces the Residential Flat Design Code introduced in 2002. The Apartment Design Guide is to be used in conjunction with State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (SEPP 65) which sets out the NSW Government’s policy direction for residential apartment development in NSW. Aims of the Guide This Apartment Design Guide will help to achieve better design and planning for residential apartment development, by providing benchmarks for designing and assessing these developments. It is designed to:
deliver better quality design for buildings that respond appropriately to the character of the area, landscape setting and surrounding built form.
improve liveability through enhanced internal and external apartment amenity, including better layout, apartment depth and ceiling heights, solar access, natural ventilation and visual privacy.
deliver improved sustainability through better traffic and transport solutions, greater building adaptability and robustness, improved energy efficiency and water sensitive urban design.
improve the relationship of apartments to the public domain including streets, lanes and parks.
deliver design guidance and assist in the provision of more diverse housing mix and choice.
support councils in developing planning controls and master plans through improved guidance.