Planning and Environment

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Our Planning and Environment Group is one of the largest and most experienced teams in Australia. We offer strong planning advisory expertise and a forward thinking approach to planning and environmental law. Being responsive, cost competitive and delivering results in tight timeframes are hallmarks of our approach. Our commercial focus and pragmatic approach invariably secure positive outcomes for our clients.

We have extensive experience in acting for developers, business owners, local government authorities, state government, energy providers, mining companies and land owners. Our practitioners have the expertise to be able to deliver a whole project approach, from preliminary planning and site auditing stage through to delivery of the project.

We are experienced litigators in planning tribunals and have expertise in planning appeals, prosecutions, enforcement, planning agreements, administrative law and valuation and compensation appeals. We have regularly provided advice on contamination, sustainably, climate change, flooding, threatened species, waste management, environmental legal registers, pollution and other environmental matters.


  • Stockland: Advised in relation to contaminated land issues and the clients industrial portfolio;
  • Cbus Property: Advised on planning due diligence in relation to potential purchases of large development sites;
  • CSR Limited: Advised on the master planning and securing necessary approvals for the redevelopment of former extractive industry land into the Brendale Connect Industrial Estate and the Warner Residential Estates including remediation and validation of land, environmental offsets, infrastructure agreements and development approvals;
  • Gladstone Area Water Board:  Advised on securing necessary approvals for the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project including EPBC Approval, CG Report for State Coordinated Project, development approvals, vegetation clearing permits and exemptions and environmental offsets;
  • Cbus Property: Advised in relation to a master plan development consent for the Newmarket Green Site in Randwick for mixed use residential development for 13 building envelopes, 9 development lots, roads, public open space lot, state heritage item and subsequent applications including Land & Environment Court proceedings and drafting voluntary planning agreements;
  • Deicorp: Advised in relation of a major project approval for 18 storey mixed use development comprising retail, RSL Club, commercial and residential use at Redfern with particular emphasis on funding schemes using a voluntary planning agreement; and
  • Newcastle Airport Pty Limited: Advised on planning pathways for the future development of the Airport and its 20 year masterplan.

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