Services

Planning & Environment

Who we are

We have a strong pro-development focus. We have a proven track record in acting in all aspects of land use and property development and in specialist planning and environment court and tribunal proceedings.

We offer a full suite of planning and environmental services to a spectrum of clients, including developers, landowners, property investors, hoteliers and consultants.

We understand the priorities of our clients and the complexity of the issues in this field. We have extensive legal experience and a strong grasp of the inherent commercial considerations. This provides our clients with the reassurance that they will achieve the best possible legal outcomes.

What we do

Our lawyers act at every stage of the process. This includes:

  • Initial advice to help determine the viability of a project
  • The preparation of planning and development applications
  • Representing client interests at tribunal, panel and court hearings
  • Providing advice and representation if problems arise when implementing planning and environmental approvals
  • Dealing with any other public law issues that arise in the process of developing and using land.

Our expertise includes development consents, planning permits and development permits; environmental, nature resource and land use approvals; strategic and statutory land use planning and land contamination, pollution incidents and claims of nuisance.

Recent projects

  • Representing Payce in relation to the remediation of approximately 25 hectares of industrial land in Sydney for purpose of future rezoning to High Density Residential and construction of approximately 4000 dwellings.
  • Representing AZX Group in relation to obtaining planning approval for a 48 storey mixed use building comprising residential and retail in the Melbourne CBD, which involved achieving a negotiated outcome with the Minister for Planning at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
  • Representing Deicorp in relation to  a $200m mixed use development of the Kirrawee Brick Pit site in the Sutherland Shire, Sydney.
  • Representing Opal Aged Care in relation to high density aged care facility at West Ryde, Sydney, including complex appeal proceedings relating to the permissibility of certain development under the Seniors SEPP in NSW.

Thinking

Planning & Environment
The release of the Draft Design and Building...
Planning & Environment
Shady grounds: Amendment C278 to the...
Planning & Environment
New rules for construction certificates and...
Planning & Environment
Shelf life of a planning permit: the effect...
Planning & Environment
The flaw in Sydney’s new ‘local strategic...
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More delays: local strategic planning...
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New planning laws kick-in — affecting...
Planning & Environment
Shining the light on the latest Draft Solar...
Planning & Environment
The Latest Proposed Addition to the...
Planning & Environment
Blink and you’ll miss it: Upzoning reversed...
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New ‘low rise medium density housing’...
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Infrastructure Contributions Plans: let’s...
Planning & Environment
Government fixes an apartment strata...
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Coastal Management SEPP and Coastal...
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New planning laws bring a raft of changes
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Varying development standards just got a bit...
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New minimum lot size ruling creates more...
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New proposal to expand ‘affordable...
Planning & Environment
The buck doesn’t stop with the Minister
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Politics-free zone? Sydney and Wollongong...
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NSW Government sweeps away caps on...
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District commissioners off the Sydney...
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Bombshell court decision to hit staged...
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Local councils to win new powers to reject...
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More convoluted, expensive and risky planning...
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Green light for value capture in planning...
Planning & Environment
Victoria’s Draft 30 year Infrastructure...
Planning & Environment
The Central Sydney Planning Strategy should...
Planning & Environment
Case note: Calder Park Raceway Pty Ltd v...
Planning & Environment
Changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006
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Planning for ‘Smart Cities’
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Amendment C270, Central City Built Form...
Planning & Environment
New planning risks for greenfield developers
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Planning and Environment Update (April 2016)...
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Property developers win in a new Supreme...
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Good news for NSW developers - bigger (and...
Planning & Environment
Planning and Environment Update

Services

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