Sydney vision splendid needs community input

by Jane-Frances Kelly

The NSW Government intends to fundamentally recast planning rules. Changes proposed in a White Paper released on April 16th are aimed at creating a much simpler system, in which 80 per cent of development applications are approved within 25 days. This may sound like a field day for developers and a blow to residents’ rights. The aim, however, is to give local residents more say up front, in setting the rules for acceptable development.