Member for Lismore Thomas George today welcomed the NSW Government’s plan to streamline planning controls for developments in rural and regional NSW.

Mr George said the proposed Inland Code provides clearer and simpler planning rules that have been tailored to the needs of regional and rural areas. The proposed changes will fast-track complying development assessments in 83 regional council areas, including Tenterfield.

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.

“This reform will make it quicker, easier and cheaper for residents to build a shed or a farm building without having to deal with unnecessary red tape and delays,” Mr George said.

“I encourage residents across regional NSW to have their say on this proposal during the public consultation period which is currently underway.”

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

Submissions can be made until 29 April 2015.

After the exhibition period closes the Department of Planning & Environment will review all of the submissions received. Any issues raised or suggestions made in the submissions will be considered before finalising any amendments to the Policy.

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