The Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, has begun the process of introducing a new bill that would require developers and renovators to ask neighbours’ opinions as part of a development application.

A similar bill was introduced in 2013, however, failed to pass. Taking into account the failure the new bill will not contain the contentious requirements of the 2013 bill including code assessments and an attempt to replace “ecologically sustainable development” with “sustainable development.”

After community consultation the NSW government is expected to introduce a new bill in the second half of the year to introduce a requirement for developers to ask neighbours’ opinions as part of a development application.