The Better Neighbourhoods Program helps to create sustainable, diverse communities by redeveloping areas with high numbers of aged social housing.
The Better Neighbourhoods Program (BNP) was started by Housing SA in 2002 to renew communities by replacing ageing Housing Trust homes with newer and more suitable types of housing. The program now forms program one of the Renewing Our Streets and Suburbs initiative announced by the state government in February 2015.
The program has been successful in improving suburbs and creating better integrated and sustainable living environments. It has upgraded streets and neighbourhoods at minimal cost and provided opportunities for affordable home ownership in sought-after locations.
The program is self-funded, with spending recovered through sales of newly created land and homes. The program remains cash neutral by identifying the most suitable sites to deliver the best outcomes.
Redevelopment sites are usually chosen in areas with high concentrations of aging social housing. Relocation arrangements are always discussed with tenants so that transitions are as positive as possible.
Renewal SA demolishes the aged properties, subdivides the vacant land into smaller allotments, builds new homes and sells the vacant allotments on the open market.
Of the new homes built, about half are three-bedroom dwellings and the remainder are two- and four-bedroom homes which are better suited to the needs of tenants.
The program demonstrates our commitment to building sustainable communities as a basic principle with environmental sustainability as a key factor.
The program contributes to government’s aim to be smart about the way we expand the city and to maintaining an urban growth boundary while also making sure there is a good supply of housing for our growing population.
Better Neighbourhoods is an important part of a larger strategy toward meeting South Australia’s social housing needs including those of existing and future customers.
More than 800 jobs
have been created
in construction and related industries.
Since the program began in 2002:
We created 1000 land allotments for sale to the open market and 1500 new 6-star energy efficient homes for social tenants.
We’ve accelerated the replacement of poor quality housing stock with new stock.
We’ve de-stigmatised some existing suburbs through significant dilution of public housing concentrations.
We introduced private ownership alongside newly developed social housing opportunities in areas originally with high levels of social housing concentrations.
The program has provided a cost-effective solution to urban regeneration to create more sustainable communities.
The program continues to help sustain residential building activity in the state.
The program has provided an economic stimulus for the land development and house building industries in South Australia and provides direct employment in these and related industries.
Targets for 2015-16 include:
Construct 200 homes in a series of small developments, all for Housing SA, with most of these set aside for existing tenants being relocated from future development areas.
An approved expenditure budget of $40 million for land development and construction and a revenue budget of $40 million through land sales.
Work with Housing SA to plan and organise relocation of tenants to newly built homes, with minimal disruption, so that redevelopment can go ahead.
Scheduled release of allotments to market to generate revenue to fund the annual expenditure budget for construction of new social housing and land development activities.
Develop affordable housing opportunities for private sale as either affordable land or homes to cater for first home owners.
The program will be striving to deliver greater diversity and innovation in dwelling type, form and density. It will deliver a higher level of master planning and more affordable housing in existing urban areas.