Department of Planning & Environment

Proposed changes to the Infrastructure SEPP to help tackle overcrowding in prisons

The NSW Government was considering feedback received on the proposed changes to the provisions for correctional centres in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure).

Additions to existing prisons required full development applications. The proposed changes would have allowed low-impact additions to be undertaken as exempt and complying development.

The SEPP amendments also proposed to enable the Department of Justice to carry out certain kinds of development in prisons without consent as long as they carried out rigorous environmental assessment under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Proposals for new correctional centres and significant expansion of existing centres with a capital investment value of more than $30 million would remain as State Significant Developments.
Attachments & Resources
Key dates and other information
Exhibition Commences 13/01/2016
Exhibition Concludes 10/02/2016
Exhibition Location Bridge Street Information Centre, 23-33 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Relevant Legislation State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 & State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011
Exhibiting agency or agencies Department of Planning and Environment
Type Policies
Local Government Area Statewide