Claims Sydney’s eastern suburbs will have “high rise to seaside” are scaremongering: Urban Taskforce

With the New South Wales government announcing they’re set to drive housing and consider options to independent planning reforms, it appears scaremongering may be hindering the process, according to the Urban Taskforce.

Planning reforms that may allow more opportunities for housing seem to have communities concerned about overdevelopment, the industry body said.

“Claims by the Greens that the Eastern Suburbs will have ‘high rise to the seaside’ or that the government plans ‘to bulldoze the North Shore’ are clearly gross exaggerations that are intended to stir up community anger against change to the planning system,” said Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson.

“There is some confusion between the media reports that the Premier has said the Planning Minister should deliver the planning reforms using existing powers and a more recent statement that options are still being considered,” said Johnson.

“We believe the government should proceed with the reforms as outlined in their White Paper and that most of this can be done through existing legislation.”

He said that the housing supply across the state cannot wait until another election.

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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