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Planning department favours developers

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Director-general of NSW department of planning and infrastructure, Sam Haddad, can try as hard as he can to promote the new planning direction for the O’Farrell government.

He has headed a department over many years, for many ministerial bosses of varying political persuasions who want to surrender New South Wales to the developers’ blowtorch. While former ministers came and went, he remains, overseeing even more draconian changes that disadvantage residents and the environment, statewide.

Overriding the Land and Environment Court rulings, Part 3a, The Planning and Assessment Commission, and many other dodgy deals that have overridden the desires of the residents and taxpayers across the state of New South Wales were made during his lengthy tenure as director-general of The Planning Department

His claims that there will be ‘little change’ to the Heritage Council’s role in the new planning regime cannot be trusted. It would appear he is the developers’ friend and supporter, secondary to his ministerial overlord.

Residents, communities and our precious environment keep coming up in last place where ‘collateral damage’ is acceptable to facilitate the onslaught of the politically well connected, wealthy developers.

The planning department’s oversight, once an approval is given to a project, is poor at best and definitely weighted to developers’ needs over community wishes.

The term ‘lipstick on a pig’ springs to mind.


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