Just imagine a new version of Private Public Partnerships in a few decades' time, where developers are asked to provide schools, health centres, parks and key infrastructure within precinct wide developments from the profits of residential and commercial development.

The developer will be able to nominate the heights and amount of floor space required to provide the infrastructure that used to be delivered by governments now unable to pay for these. The planning system would be reversed such that the approval body listed the required contributions and the private…