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The City of Canterbury Bankstown took the first steps in developing a new city-wide Local Environmental Plan (LEP) overnight, by scrapping four draft area plans for the former Bankstown area.
Mayor Khal Asfour said the NSW Government requires all councils to introduce a new LEP by 2020.
"While that may sound some way off, it’s actually cutting it fine to conduct the detailed planning work required for a city-wide document, which will act as a blueprint for decades to come," Mayor Asfour said.
"Fortunately, the work undertaken by the former Bankstown Council on the draft South East, South West, North East and North Central Local Area Plans, will help to inform our new LEP.
"When this process began five years ago, the Government imposed a housing target of 22,000 new homes on Bankstown and 7,000 on Canterbury, to be delivered by 2031.
"That target has now been more than doubled to 50,000 in the recently released South District Plan, with Canterbury-Bankstown expected to accommodate an extra 150,000 residents over the next 20 years.
"We continue to fight this unrealistic target and have called on local State and Federal MPs to support us. This includes the Member for Banks, who has the ability to make his voice heard among his Liberal colleagues. Unfortunately, he has failed to stand up for local residents and continues to blame us for something which is out of our control.
"In the meantime, it would be irresponsible for us to do nothing and wait for the outcome of our battle, so we are starting work on our new city-wide LEP, to plan for the future."
In April this year, Council successfully applied for $2.5 million from the Government to review its current strategic planning documents and develop a new LEP, as the Government has requested.
"Part of this process will involve consulting the community, which will be given plenty of time to have its say," Mayor Asfour said.
"Once the LEP is drafted, it will be placed on public exhibition and I encourage residents to take the opportunity to provide their feedback, at that time."
25/07/2018 1:07 PM