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Planning and environment

Land use negotiations – our lawyers have represented landowners in negotiations with local government and departmental agencies in relation to proposed changes to planning instruments affecting land and development rights.

Due diligence – a member of our team carried out due diligence on behalf of the prospective purchaser of a hospital to determine the lawfulness of various uses on the site and the status of issued development approvals.

Enforcement proceedings – a member of our team represented a respondent to enforcement proceedings brought by a local council seeking extensive remediation works as a result of alleged breaches of planning instruments. These proceedings involved a review of planning instruments spanning four decades, and consideration of pre-existing lawful use rights.

Land resumption and compensation – acting on behalf of a landowner in respect of resumption of land abutting commercial premises, triggering complex planning, traffic and valuation issues.

Co-operative resolution of appeals – Selina Nutley chaired, on behalf of a developer client, a multi-disciplinary team including town planners, urban designers, and ecological experts, which undertook a structure planning exercise to co-operatively resolve a Planning and Environment Court appeal against refusal of a 300 lot residential subdivision. The exercise directly led to the development being approved by the Planning and Environment Court, and went on to win a Planning Institute of Australia Excellence in Planning Administration Award.