Professional staff and local planning panels will decide on more development applications whilst elected councillors will have greater involvement in up-front local planning as part of a proposed overhaul of planning systems in New South Wales which the government in that state hopes will create the potential for up to 100,000 new dwellings.

Announcing the proposed changes, Planning Minister Rob Stokes says that inefficient processes had led to a situation whereby Treasury estimated a pent-up demand for more than 100,000 new homes. He said the government was working to make planning processes simpler and more efficient. “The NSW Government is determined to do…