‘Inexcusable’: the bushfire survivors blocked from rebuilding

‘Inexcusable’: the bushfire survivors blocked from rebuilding

The Guardian

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A 2013 NSW planning decision is preventing dozens of landowners from erecting new homes

Dozens of people who lost their homes in the black summer bushfires are still unable to rebuild due to a little-noticed change to New South Wales law a decade ago.

Guardian Australia has spoken to multiple landowners who have been told they are not legally permitted to rebuild thanks to the legislation, which was intended to prevent property developers building on rural land by requiring an existing “dwelling entitlement” for all projects. Landowners asked for anonymity due to fears that “ruffling feathers” among local councils and state government authorities would extinguish their hope of reversing that decision.

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