The Space Between the Notes

The National Trust of Australia (NSW) has presented a submission entitled The Space Between the Notes to the Department of Planning & Infrastructure in response to the NSW Government’s A New Planning System of NSW: Green Paper.

The National Trust of Australia (NSW) has presented a submission entitled The Space Between the Notes to the Department of Planning & Infrastructure in response to the NSW Government’s A New Planning System of NSW: Green Paper. The Trust’s submission can be downloaded here.

The brevity of the Green Paper leaves numerous gaps. While many of these spaces will undoubtedly be addressed by the White Paper, this is not guaranteed.

Policy is like music. Claude Debussy said “you play the space between the notes.”

The Trust’s submission therefore largely confines itself to the substance of that silence. It is the space between the notes that will reveal whether this Government’s composition shall create harmony or discord.

The Green Paper addresses seven of the 17 recommendations contained in the Trust’s initial submission on the NSW Planning Review dated November 2011 entitled Of Form Assembled in the Light. Proposals for a strategic emphasis, expert assessment, economically testing regional plans, a single document of controls and a single assessment stream leading to a single decision are commended.

Matters not sufficiently addressed include ecologically sustainable development, heritage, compliance and enforcement. These are the spaces between the notes.

The Space Between the Notes offers 14 recommendations. The National Trust looks forward to these matters being explored in the White Paper.