Approval times in Western Sydney could be slashed from an average 71 days to just 20 whilst home owners would be given trees in order to make their neighbourhoods more environmentally friendly under new rules for greenfield residential development which are being proposed by the NSW government.

Released by Planning Minister Anthony Roberts, the proposed new Greenfield Housing Code contains basic standards which if met will allow assessments for new development of single or double-storey housing within greenfield areas to be carried out under the streamlined complying development assessment process. Essentially the standards include: Maximum building heights…