Plans by the O’Farrell government to remove people’s rights to object to developments in their neighbourhood will deliver the most pro-developer and anti-community laws in the country. If made law, these changes will deliver Sydney and NSW directly into the hands of the development industry.
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Greens NSW MP and Planning spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
"The Planning Minister has described removing people’s right to object to
development in their neighbourhood as a ‘daring and bold’ move but a better
description would be reckless and dangerous.
“Removing the right to object to development will take away the voice of
residents and leave developers a free hand.
“This will be a return to the bad old days of the 1960’s and 70’s when a
lot of what was precious in this State was bull dozed for ugly and
“For most people their home is their biggest single asset, and to think
that it could be seriously impacted by major development without the right
to even comment on the proposal is a terrible step backwards for planning
“Anyone with any experience in planning knows that communities only
seriously engage with development once a specific proposal is on the books,
no amount of wishful thinking will change this.
“Thankfully this is not yet law and there is an ongoing consultation
“This announcement must be a wake up call for communities across NSW to get
engaged and tell the government not to follow the former government’s path
and hand over this State to the developers," Mr Shoebridge said.
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