Page 3990 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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MR CORBELL: Whether or not the proposal is subject to any lease variation charge will be determined by the Planning and Land Authority. I am not familiar with the circumstances of the proposal, their details or whether or not lease variation charge is a relevant consideration. If it is, it will be administered in the normal manner. In relation to the issue of use of call-in powers, I do not speculate on the exercise of powers in relation to any development application where currently there is not a development application and no specific proposal, as far as I am aware, before the Planning and Land Authority.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what confidence can opponents to this development have that their objections will be given due weight in the planning process?

MR CORBELL: The Planning and Development Act sets out a comprehensive framework for objections to be lodged and for public notification and consultation to occur.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Is the minister aware of any opponents to this development in Belconnen?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Berry for the supplementary. I am not aware of any concerns having been raised to date. That is not to say there may not be—there may be. Nor am I aware of any support for the proposal, aside from the mention of the proposal in the media. These are all issues that will have to be canvassed through the normal development assessment processes.

Planning—exempt development provisions

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, the recent events at 5 Fraser Place, Yarralumla have highlighted issues in the current “exempt development” provisions under the Planning and Development Act 2007. Minister, on 10 April 2013 during question time you stated:

… I can advise Mr Doszpot that, at my request, an amendment to the regulation is being prepared to restrict dwellings with common walls to no longer be exempt from significant development works.

Minister, the issue has raised serious concern throughout the community in relation to potential redevelopment of other duplexes, and as such a letter was sent to your office dated 17 September requesting further information. Minister, it has been approximately six weeks. Why has no response been provided?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question. As luck would have it, about two minutes ago I signed a letter to Mr Doszpot, so I will read it out. It says:

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