Call to fix planning 'mish-mash'

THE developer lobby group Urban Taskforce has called on both sides of politics to fix the “broken planning system” which it says is curtailing urban growth.

Yesterday the call was welcomed by sitting National Party MP for Tweed Geoff Provest, who said one of the major policies of the coalition was a review of the planning system.

“Over many years the planning regulations have just been added on to,” Mr Provest said.

“There’s a real mish-mash of responsibility.

“We would hold a complete review with a particular focus on Part 3A (the section of the planning act which allows the NSW Planning Minister to take planning approval away from local councils).

“Part 3A is going and there will be a complete review with a particular focus of giving responsibility back to local councils and involving local people back in the process.”

Urban Taskforce warned when private developers were unable to develop new housing, ordinary homebuyers and renters suffered most.

The taskforce’s chief executive, Aaron Gadiel, said an efficient, workable planning system that delivers the housing, retail development and new workplaces was needed.

“Both sides of politics should make decisive policy commitments to address these issues. At the very least, NSW must get housing supply back to the levels of the 1990s.”



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