Holdings Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW, made the following submission on the project:

Proposed amendment to parking provisions for boarding houses: ARHSEPP

I am a developer and operator of boarding houses and I would like to
voice my concerns regarding the increase in the parking provisions for
New Generation Boarding houses.

In my experience, this increase to parking will have a detrimental
affect to the viability of future boarding house developments which
will hurt tenants who reply on this type of accommodation option,
which suits their needs at an affordable price point.

We current operate several boarding houses all of which are in an
accessible area, close to transport and amenities. We have found most
tenants either choose to not have a car or cannot afford one. Most
work in the area and rely on public transport, something that should
be encouraged. Many tenants choose to a bicycle or motor bike as their
means of transport, and this has been increasing every year.

Our tenant profiles range from pensioners to white and blue collar
workers. Lately, there has been an increase in tenants who work for
health services who are either nurses or carers from nursing homes who
find this accommodation offering attractive as it cheaper and suits
their shift work profession.

The proposed changes will impact these and many more tenants who will
be left either having to look at share houses or have to pay
substantially more for a two bedroom unit (as one bedroom units are
very few between).

There are other options available to curb the increase of boarding
houses in ill suited areas, such as not allowing them in R2 areas
which are more family oriented housing and where most of the concerns
have been coming from. Many councils have their own LEPs on Boarding
houses which require minimum lot sizes but also have lower parking
requirement than the proposes changes. This is also slowing down the
rate of boarding house development.

Finally, I believe boarding houses should be encouraged and offer an
very important and valued option to many tenants who would other wise
fall between the cracks in the rental market. The increase in parking
requirements affects those who most least can afford it, affecting
future development and placing more strain on the public housing
sector.