RED TAPE CUT FOR DEVELOPMENT APPROVALS IN REGIONAL NSW
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today welcomed the NSW Government’s move to help speed up building projects in regional NSW.
Mr Anderson said Tamworth, Walcha, Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains councils are amongst 110 rural and regional local government areas to have complying development assessments fast-tracked so builders and renovators can get on with projects in their communities.
“These changes will help save people time and money, and will mean building projects can be delivered faster in our region,” Mr Anderson said.
“We have listened to the local community, industry and businesses who have said previous requirements made complying development in regional and rural areas more expensive, time consuming and confusing.
“With these new rules in place people will be able to make small and simple changes to their properties quickly and easily.”
A complying development is a combined planning and construction approval for straightforward developments that can be determined through a fast track assessment by a council or private accredited certifier.
Fast-tracked complying development approvals can be issued on average within 18 days. This compares with the average determination time for a full development application of 70 days. More than $4.4billion of development was delivered by complying development in 2013-2014.
The changes to the existing Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 will:
· remove the 14 day pre-approval neighbour notification for residential complying development
· reduce the pre-construction neighbour notification for new buildings and additions from seven days to two days.
For more information go to: http://hub.planning.nsw.gov.au/BuildingorRenovating/DoIqualifyforfasttrackapproval/Notifyingneighbours.aspx