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Planning controls will be removed from large tracts of land in the inner city should the State Government adopt its planning green paper.

The new policy would give the Government power to designate areas as Enterprise Zones, remove all planning restrictions and exempt developers from taxes and levies.

According to the paper: “Enterprise Zones will be characterised by very little, if any, development controls providing they do not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts.”

The paper flags North Eveleigh, the land north of the railway lines between Redfern Station and Macdonaldtown, and backing onto Wilson St, as a potential Enterprise Zone.

According to City of Sydney Councillor and Greens Mayoral Candidate Irene Doutney, the land at North Eveleigh has been on hold since 2008.

Currently the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority wants to construct one block of affordable housing and some road works but has yet to do a
Transport Mana gement Accessibility Plan (TMAP).

Ms Doutney said the development of North Eveleigh was already of huge concern to residents, and that was when there were some controls.

“None of the heritage or TMAP would relate any more, the only control they will apply to an Enterprise Zone is the EPA act; everything else is an open free for all,” she said.