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Thanks to all those who were among the estimated 500 people who attended the Peoples Forum on Wednesday 18th September in the Norwood Concert Hall. The speakers, including two planning experts from Sydney and Melbourne, outlined the issues that heritage will face under the new Planning & Design Code, and offered some constructive alternative suggestions.
See the Messenger press report on the meeting: Protecting our Past.
Our Local Member (and Premier), Steven Marshall has organised a forum on the proposed Planning & Design Code this coming Monday evening 4th November at 6.30pm in the Norwood Concert Hall.
The Minister for Planning, Stephan Knoll and Michael Lennon, the Chair of the State Planning Commission will outline the proposed changes to the State Planning Laws, with particular reference to heritage issues.
While the Association urges people to attend the meeting, we have a number of concerns about the format: -
The fabric of St Peters, College Park and surrounding suburbs may be changed forever with the adoption of the State Government’s Planning and Design Code, which is out for public consultation until late February It collapses all Council development plans into one on-line planning portal. It appears to be a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
While the NPSP Development Plan is not perfect, it has been carefully developed over the last 25 years and is better than the Plans of most other Councils, particularly in relation to heritage protection.
Changes to the State's planning laws have already seen the loss of community appeal rights. Now with the release of the draft Code, heritage protection will be further diminished, and we'll likely see more sub-division, ugly box buildings and fewer backyards & trees. While the glossy flyers and promotional videos make it appear wonderful, here are some realities:
If you care about the historic fabric of our area, now is the time to act. Here's what you need to do:
To see how the Code will affect your property, you can access the draft Code, fact sheets and other information from the SA Planning Portal.
The Code needs to be read in conjunction with the online mapping tool which is also available on the SA Planning Portal. Unfortunately, the Code and mapping tool have been published with errors and inconsistencies including missing mapping information and missing/incomplete policies and wording.
For assistance in understanding the Code, you can contact the State Planning Commission on 1800 318 102.
For more information contact David Cree on 0418 622 163 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org