Red tape cut means more work: staff

A MOVE by Stirling city council to cut red tape for developers and fast-track building applications has split council staff and councillors.

The council voted that development applications should no longer be required for single houses that comply with the council’s planning scheme and are outside heritage zones.

The onus will now be on the applicant to ensure their application is compliant, as they no longer have to submit an application to be scrutinised.

Council staffers argue the move may increase their workload, not reduce it.

“…the effort required to monitor this situation by the city would be significant,” staffers warned the council.

“With these changes the city would have minimal input into single houses.”

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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