State's development act needs to be overhauled: Bob Marshall

PLANNING GONE MAD: Neighbouring residents Bronwyn Monaghan, Peggy House, Judy Taylor, Geoff Taylor, Darlene Hill, Trevor Ablett and Stephen Rufus are angry at the development approval at 18 Sturt Street, Victor Harbor. The property's gutters nearly touch a neighbouring house.
PLANNING GONE MAD: Neighbouring residents Bronwyn Monaghan, Peggy House, Judy Taylor, Geoff Taylor, Darlene Hill, Trevor Ablett and Stephen Rufus are angry at the development approval at 18 Sturt Street, Victor Harbor. The property's gutters nearly touch a neighbouring house.

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Bob Marshall is an elected member of the City of Victor Harbor. The following opinions are those of the author and not necessarily those of the council.  

Re: ‘Why stop the work’, The Times, Thursday, February 6.

Mr Steele is correct when he says a developer has a right to construct a building if he/she has planning approval from council.

Correct also when he says that if the ratepayers don’t like council’s Development Plan provisions, they should take the matter up with the council.

But Mr Steele is mistaken when he suggests that the residents of Sturt Street are simply upset because the world is moving forward. (I take this to mean ‘progress’).

If ‘progress’ means that a developer can intrude into a happy little community, turn it upside down with apparently little concern for the feelings of the residents, who needs ‘progress’?

What our community needs is developers who care enough to build something outstanding that blends with existing housing stock and enhances the community.

Maybe then we would have ‘progress?

Unfortunately thoughtful developers seem few and far between.

We absolutely need urgent changes to the City of Victor Harbor Development Plan but this is a long and drawn out process.

The process is made more difficult by the fact that some involved seem reluctant to tackle the situation.

The state’s Development Act also needs to be overhauled to remove the blatant bias in favour of developers and against the people.

If we did things smarter in SA and focused on quality, we could have a vibrant development industry and a healthy economy that actually does make us all better off.

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