Public Participation in Planning: Lessons from the Green Bans

Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 2013, vol 30, pp. 93-105.

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 17-87

16 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2017 Last revised: 13 Jul 2018

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Amelia Thorpe

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This article reflects on the extent to which the green bans have influenced the framework for public participation in planning in New South Wales. It critically examines claims that the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (EPA Act) was best practice at the time it was passed, thus challenging suggestions that current planning problems should be attributed to amendments made since its enactment. While the green bans were a catalyst for the introduction of the EPA Act, the relationship between the bans and the legislation is more complex than generally understood. This article argues that the EPA Act took very little from the green ban movement, and as a result embedded an adversarial approach to planning that remains at the heart of current problems in New South Wales.

Keywords: green ban movement, public participation, planning, heritage

Suggested Citation

Thorpe, Amelia, Public Participation in Planning: Lessons from the Green Bans (2013). Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 2013, vol 30, pp. 93-105.; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 17-87. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3067766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3067766

Amelia Thorpe (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/profile/amelia-thorpe

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