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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Residents cut out of planning approvals in O’Farrell’s big gift for developers

Media Release – 16 April 2013

The NSW government is planning to remove any say residents have over what is built in their local
neighbourhood, with plans that most new homes will be approved in just ten days, meaning for most people the first they know the house next door will be demolished is when the bulldozers arrive.

Greens MP and Planning spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“The government is crowing about getting DAs approved in just ten days but what this means in reality is that there will be no notice or consultation with neighbours before DAs are approved.

“If this becomes law then the first notice most people will have that a new house will be built next door is when the bulldozers arrive.

“If you don’t get a say on development next door then that can lead to new development that cuts all the light from your kitchen, overshadows your backyard or new solar panels and greatly reduces the amenity of your home.

“Most new development is there for 40, 80 or 100 years and taking one or two months to get the approval right makes a great deal more sense than doing a 10 day rush job.

“This plan will tear the heart out of community consultation and is a direct betrayal of the O’Farrell government’s pre-election promise to return planning powers to the community.

“To top it off, the O’Farrell government is also planning to tax residents across NSW to pay for infrastructure to make new greenfield developments profitable for big developers. Developers should be paying for this not new homeowners who are 50 or 100 kilometers away.

“With developers getting freebies for infrastructure and up to 80% of all new development being approved in 25 days or less, this is the O’Farrell government delivering on the previous Labor government’s discredited pro-developer agenda,” Mr Shoebridge said.

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