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The Better Planning Network was formed at the end of August 2012 by community groups concerned about the NSW Government’s Planning Review, and some of the planning reforms proposed in the Government’s Green Paper. These include but are not limited to:
- The proposal to limit community engagement at the early strategic planning phase and remove residents and communities’ rights of comment and appeal on specific developments in their neighbourhood.
- The proposal to establish ‘enterprise zones’ across entire Local Government Areas, with few or any planning controls
- The omission of Ecologically Sustainable Development as the overall driver of the NSW Planning System
- The lack of recognition for the value of residential amenity, such as good building design, open space, parks and urban bushland
- The removal of environmental protection mechanisms such as State Environmental Planning Policies, and their replacement with non-statutory instruments
- The omission of any reference to heritage protection
- The overall emphasis on the need to fast-track development across NSW, at the cost of our communities’ wellbeing.
We currently have more than 380 community groups formally affiliated with us, and more are joining us every day
The Better Planning Network is not affiliated with any political party and recognises that:
- Community engagement in decision-making is essential at every stage of the planning and development process.
- Protecting our natural and cultural heritage is fundamental to the wellbeing of our communities.
- Development must put local residents and communities first.
- Strategic planning must be evidence-based.
- Development must comply with strategic planning instruments.
- Infrastructure goes hand in hand with development.
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