Former Premier Colin Barnett says he is disappointed the WA government has decided to detonate a $7 million plan started in 2011 aimed at safeguarding Perth bushland as the city’s population grows.

In 2011 Barnett started the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions (SAPPR), known back then as the Green Growth Plan, to look at the vegetation left in the region, what could be sacrificed and what should be off limits.

Strategic assessments create federal environmental approvals for entire regions rather than forcing project-by-project assessments and some environmental groups hoped it would have finally stopped urban sprawl by drawing a development line around Perth.

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