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NSW Government announces new draft Inland Code to streamline planning controls

NSW Planning Minister last week Rob Stokes announced a new draft Inland Code to streamline planning controls for private developments in rural and regional NSW west of the Great Dividing Range.

Mr Stokes said the proposed code provides clearer and simpler planning rules that have been tailored to the needs of inland regional and rural areas.

"This reform will make the planning system easier to use and cut approval times, which will stimulate growth in regional communities by encouraging building and investment," Mr Stokes said.

'Country Shed', NSW
Above: 'Country Shed', NSW / Andrew Sutherland.

"A simple, effective planning system is vital to help us build more productive, vibrant and sustainable communities."

Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said rural and regional communities will benefit from the proposed changes.

"Land owners will now be able to complete works on their properties faster, more easily and cheaper than they have previously been able to," Mr Barilaro said.

"Our regions are the engine room for the NSW economy and we will continue to provide support and make it easier for regional NSW to thrive."

The proposed changes will fast-track complying development assessments in 83 regional council areas.

Complying development is a fast-track approval process that allows low impact, straightforward projects that meet building standards to be approved without a full development application and merit assessment.

A complying development approval takes on average 22 days, while approval for a development application can take up to three times that long.

The exhibition period ends on 29 April 2015. After the closing date, the Department will review all of the submissions received finalising any amendments to the Policy.

More information is available from theĀ Department of Planning and Environment website at <http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/proposals>.

Photo: 'Country Shed', NSW / Andrew Sutherland / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.

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