Saturday 10 December 2016

We must not repeat the planning mistakes of past

Published 20/11/2015 | 02:30

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Planning and development laws are key to growth and necessary for the protection of our constitutionally enshrined property rights. Applied well, these laws can help grease the wheels of our economy by enabling intelligent and sustainable development in the residential and commercial property as well as business and investment spheres.

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They can also act as a brake on the excesses of the Government and private actors, including property developers, where those parties' plans fly in the face of the public interest and the interests of individual citizens or communities.

Striking a balance between competing rights is no easy task.

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