A rash of new caravan parks could be established in New South Wales over the coming years as the State Government moves to overhaul planning laws.
A review starting later this month could make it easier for developers to turn greenfield sites into caravan parks, and it should also cut red tape for existing operators. The Government says it wants to make the planning system simpler and easier to understand.
“Most of the caravan parks in New South Wales are full around Christmas and Easter time,” Caravan, Camping and Manufactured Housing Industry Association of NSW general counsel, Bob Browne, told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. “The review will deal with the day to day running of parks but also with the establishment of new parks.”
Another consequence of the review could be that park owners will find it easier to adjust the number of spots that are approved for either manufactured homes or more short-term holiday caravan spots.
It has long been a complaint from caravan parks that, while they are very busy during peak times, they often struggle during the off season.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes told the Daily Telegraph that the review will include discussions with industry bodies, councils and affordable housing stakeholders.
“It’s important to ensure we have a planning system that supports the industry, the jobs it generates and the great experiences it offers for visitors to our state and locals alike,” Mr Stokes said. “Our aim is to cut red tape and streamline the planning system in order to have a stronger tourism industry.”
A discussion paper will be released in the coming months calling for broader community feedback.
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