NSW Labor Candidate for Lane Cove Andrew Zbik welcomes the announcement by NSW Labor Leader Michael Daley MP and NSW Shadow Minister for Planning Tania Mihailuk MP that a NSW Labor Government would immediately scrap all remaining Planned Precincts.
The Lane Cove community has had an enormous Planned Precinct forced upon them by the Liberals. The St Leonards and Crows Nest Planned Precinct allow for massive increases in density without any commitment from the Government for additional infrastructure or services to help communities.
Instead of working with councils and local communities, the Berejiklian Liberal Government and Planning Minister Anthony Roberts have chosen to seize planning powers and run all decisions out of Macquarie Street.
Ms Berejiklian has already demonstrated that Mr Roberts, who is also the Liberal Member for Lane Cove, has lost her confidence, after she confiscated the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) and the Urban Growth Development Corporation from her hapless minister.
In another sign that Mr Roberts has lost control of the planning system and is letting Ms Berejiklian call all the shots, the St Leonards and Crows Nest Planned Precinct requires that the Lane Cove and North Sydney Councils take the brunt of the 7,500 additional dwellings – while Willoughby Council in the Premier’s back yard gets almost no additional dwellings allocated under the plan.
Local residents, the Lane Cove Council, and the North Sydney Council’s plea for a planning moratorium on new residential Planning Proposals while the Liberals are in the process of imposing Planned Precincts has been ignored by Mr Roberts.
A Daley Labor Government would put an end to Planned Precincts and put the GSC back to work to review its dwelling targets across the Greater Sydney. While the Liberals’ focus is on themselves and their developer mates, Labor is committed to restoring fairness in the planning system and putting people first.
Quotes attributable to Andrew Zbik - Labor Candidate for Lane Cove
“As a Local Councillor and Labor State Election Candidate, this announcement is a very important step towards creating fairness and certainty in our planning system again.
“The residents of St Leonards, Greenwich and Crows Nest have been very clear in their feedback, they understand development will take place in this area. However, they are against the concentrated and unfair gross overdevelopment that includes towers as tall as 40-60 stories.
“All they are asking for is to have input into the early stages of planning. That new dwelling housing targets are fair and not to be dictated to by the Liberal State Government about what plan will be implemented in the area.”