Sydney Government planning minister Kristina Keneally has been forced to announce the collapse of the 7200-home Huntlee New Town project, the biggest town development project in NSW.
I am probably not alone in finding all the complexities of this and other Hunter Valley developments quite confusing.
The bottom line in this case appears to be that the planning minister acted outside power and that, consequently, the development cannot proceed. This conclusion has implications for other already approved developments.
In all, a bit of a mess.
The Hunter does need more housing and this will always be difficult. But this particular project was fraught with problems from the beginning.