Business News

Developers say the state’s planning system played a major role in the current housing shortage, with approval times blowing out by up to seven years in some cases.

Speaking at an Urban Development Institute of Australia WA event today, Blackburne managing director Paul Blackburne commended the government on its planning reforms, but said the system was broken for many years before.

“We’re talking about decades of a broken planning system,” he said.

“There are thousands of sites in Perth that would be perfect for downsizing types of product, and people (developers) aren’t investing in them because it’s just too risky.”

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