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Partnerships & Growth

Schofields Affordable Housing

Next Steps

Link Wentworth are lodging a State Significant Development (SSD) for affordable housing with the the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure. The proposal will be assessed under the NSW Government’s new (SSD) pathway. The new planning pathway is part of the NSW Government’s response to the housing crisis to encourage more affordable housing.

How you can provide feedback

Link Wentworth values the insight and opinion of the Schofields local community.

Please forward feedback or questions on the project to by 19 July 2024.

Link Wentworth wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which we work and pay our respect to the Elders both past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

About Link Wentworth

Link Wentworth is one of the largest and fastest growing Tier 1 not-for-profit Community Housing Providers (CHPs) in Australia. We manage approximately 6,400 homes with over 10,000 residents and this year, we celebrate 40 years of service to our communities.

We provide a range of services such as crisis accommodation, transitional accommodation, social and affordable housing, private rentals and
homeownership pathways.

Project Overview

Link Wentworth have partnered with Landcom to deliver affordable housing within the Landcom Masterplan at 108 Burdekin Road, Schofields. The project will provide 63 affordable apartments (a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments) that are
well connected to transport, education and jobs. The homes will be available to people on low to moderate incomes, including key workers such as nurses, cleaners, childcare workers, aged care workers, and retail and hospitality staff.

What is Affordable Housing

Affordable housing refers to rentals that are 20-25% below the private market rate. They are priced so on low to moderate incomes can meet their rental payments while meeting other essential living costs. Affordable housing delivers the same design
quality and high standard of liveability as other homes, while also meeting the needs of a wide range of community members.

Why the Schofields Project is needed

Housing affordability is one of the most significant issues facing Australians, particularly low to moderate income households. Housing stress is when you spend more than 30% of your household’s income on rent or mortgage repayments, and this puts you at risk of being unable to meet other essential living costs.

Low to moderate income households are especially feeling the impact of the housing crisis. These households include key workers providing essential services, such as nurses, police officers, cleaners, and childcare, aged care, retail and hospitality staff.

Strategic Alignment

The Schofields Affordable Housing project is aligned with multiple government strategies for more for more diverse, affordable housing in neighbourhoods across our suburbs and states.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 –  This policy aims to deliver more homes that people can afford to rent or buy and requires developers and Community Housing Providers to work together.

Blacktown Housing Strategy 2020 – Blacktown Council came up with a 20-year ‘housing vision’ that promotes diverse and affordable housing for its current and future community, supported by essential infrastructure.

National Housing Accord – Through this program, the Commonwealth government has committed $350 million over 5 years from 2024/25 to support the delivery of 10,000 affordable homes. State and territory governments have agreed to build on this commitment to support delivery of up to an additional 10,000 affordable homes. This will create a combined total of up to 20,000 affordable homes
under the Accord.