ENVIRONMENTALISTS have lashed out at a "secret" decision to scrap Queensland's coastal planning policy without any consultation.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney is accused of orchestrating the move on Monday.
The suspension of the state planning policy for coastal protection will move many decisions from the responsibility of the Environment Department to the State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Department.
The State Government claims it is a return to planning regulations that were in place until earlier this year.
But Wilderness Society Queensland campaign manager Tim Seelig labelled the move "appalling".
"The government's new policy allows for more development, gives greater discretion to the State Development Minister to override environmental conditions and will lead to less protection of sensitive ecological areas," said Dr Tim Seeling said.
"Mr Seeney acts like he's in control of the whole government, but frankly he's also completely out of control when it comes to looking after our precious natural environment.
"He will end up destroying iconic places like the Great Barrier Reef if he's not reined in."
Environment Minister Andrew Powell defended the move on Friday and claimed he was working with conservation groups towards a new state planning policy.
"We will take forward coastal protection under the single state planning policy that is being developed by the Deputy Premier's department," he said.