The Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard has today been forced to admit reality and effectively abandon the O’Farrell government’s deeply unpopular planning bill which had betrayed its promise to return planning powers to the community.
Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
“United opposition from hundreds of resident, environment and heritage groups, and thousands of individuals, has delivered this win for local democracy and the environment.
“For almost two years Brad Hazzard has been attempting to sell his dead cat of a new planning regime to the people of NSW and today he finally realised that no one was buying it.
“The Minister’s angry outbursts during the last day of Parliament in 2013 showed he had clearly lost control of his portfolio and today’s announcement that he is not proceeding with his Planning Bill is final confirmation of that.
“In a direct breach of his government’s promise to return planning powers to the community, Minister Hazzard is now threatening to force through undemocratic planning decisions using the existing Planning Act.