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Bicycle Spaces, Balconies to be Required in Sydney, Australia

New Sydney regulations meant to encourage more light, air in apartments and greater use of bicycles.

Published: 11-Oct-2010

THREE-QUARTERS of all new apartments in the City of Sydney will be required to have balconies and the remaining quarter will need smaller juliet balconies under a new plan drawn up by the city.

The draft Development Control Plan replaces a requirement that all new apartments have a private outdoor area with a new balcony provision the council says will increase the amount of light and space in apartments.

The new rules on balconies are among hundreds of provisions in the DCP, which the city says amalgamates 62 separate planning policies into one document regulating the detailed look of buildings ranging from single homes to big office blocks.

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