29 Oct 2018 • Herald Sun, Melbourne (General News)
by John Masanauskas

THE Coalition is promising better access to the planning tribunal for residents appealing against local developments.

Shadow attorney-general John Pesutto told an election forum many were unhappy with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

“It has not served you well,” Mr Pesutto said.

He said the Coalition would announce a VCAT policy in coming weeks.

Opposition planning spokesman David Davis told the forum, held at RMIT University, a Coalition government would reverse Labor’s changes allowing higher-density developments in residential zones.

Mr Davis accused the Andrews Government of losing control of population growth amid rising congestion, crowded public transport and pressure on services.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne said in a statement Labor was rectifying the mistakes of the former Coalition government.

“Victoria’s heritage is now better protected, open space is being expanded and building regulations better enforced,” he said.

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