Rob Stokes boasts that his government is implementing items from the 1948 County of Cumberland plans for Sydney.
Taking the example of the Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest it would seem to me that to retrofit 1948 planning onto today's conditions is truly the reactionary thinking Stokes accuses others of.
In 1948 Frenchs Forest was pretty much a rural area with very little traffic passing through. These days the old "blinking light" intersection carries in excess of 80,000 vehicles a day and rising.
When the latest planning for the hospital took place in 2005/6 Frenchs Forest came in third on a list of sites considered. The final decision for the hospital's location was based on the cost of road improvements around the site costing $21 million. Those road improvements which involve widening 1.5 kms of road are going to cost over $500 million.
So, the NSW government doesn't follow its own recommendation, wildly underestimates the cost of things and makes a decision based on nostalgia for 1948.
I'm beginning to suspect it's Bruce Baird's vision that is being inflicted, by his son, upon today's Sydney.