November 21, 2019

There is no prohibition in the planning legislation on the existence of multiple development approvals over the one parcel of land.  However, the operation of s.66(2) of the Planning Act 2016 can sometimes cause difficulties when the conditions of an existing developme...

November 19, 2019


While planning legislation and planning schemes are important tools in assessing applications they alone will not achieve good planning outcomes without a proper appreciation of the proposal, the land the subject of the proposal and the impacts the proposal...

October 15, 2019

It has been a feature of legal practice in the Planning and Environment Court that all too often parties opposing approval have prepared long lists of provisions extracted from planning schemes alleging non-compliance with scheme provisions as a basis for refusal. Whil...

October 24, 2018

A new planning scheme for the Redlands came into effect on 8 October 2018. As with any new planning scheme or amendment it is advisable that any land owner review the new scheme and be aware of any constraints and opportunities that the new scheme brings.

We quite often...

October 18, 2017

It was a pleasure presenting with James Houston of Counsel and Philip Haines from BMT WBM at the QELA Regional Intensive Seminar over the weekend.  The beautiful setting of Hamilton Island was a great backdrop to the range of relevant, interesting and high quality pape...

September 5, 2017

The Planning Act 2016 came into effect on 3 July 2017 replacing the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA).  It changes the all-important lapsing provisions as they relate to approvals.  In an attempt to simplify the process, the legislation has changed the default curren...

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