de Witt Consulting

Planning

Our Town Planning Team provides individual attention and professional advice from commencement to completion of projects. Our Town Planning Team has an extensive knowledge base gained from experience in both private and government roles as well as exposure to and working on a variety of projects in size and nature. Our services extend the preparation of Development Applications, Review of Environmental Factors, Environmental Impact Statements, Masterplanning and Planning Proposals. We work to provide Town Planning advice as part of other teams or coordinate specialists consultants and form the lead role on projects.

de Witt Consulting

Town Planning

Our team of town planners has extensive experience in managing Council and State Government approvals. We have staff that have worked in various roles in private industry as well as Local and State Government. We are able to provide town planning assistance in relation to Development Applications, integrated approvals from other agencies, planning policies and guidelines, consultation and negotiation of development outcomes.

As Town Planners we can provide advice on issues such as:

  • Zoning
  • Design considerations
  • Building height
  • Design considerations
  • Natural site attributes
  • Community consultation

To provide better understanding of a site before you purchase it we provide due diligence and pre-acquisition reports. When assisting with developments we are able to provide advice on concept plans, site conditions, key issues to consider and potential development options. Once a development is designed we help with the approval process by preparing town planning documents and negotiating with Council and / or State government. Our experience and understanding of Town Planning is excellent and can assist you with seeking consent for your preferred development option.

de Witt Consulting prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) in relation to a proposed extension to John Hunter Hospital.

The extension will accommodate a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (“PICU”) at John Hunter Children’s Hospital (“JHCH”) and internal alterations to the existing General Intensive Care Unit (“ICU”).

Increasing demand for a specialist PICU has led to the proposal which will be constructed within the JHCH, with internal connections to the general ICU and the rest of JHH.

The REF was prepared in accordance with Section 111 and 112 of the EP&A Act and Clause 228 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regs) to provide a thorough assessment of the proposed activity in relation to its likely effects on the environment.

de Witt Consulting provided Town Planning services for a proposed a 8-storey mixed use development in Wickham.

The proposal includes two ground floor commercial units, off-street parking for 42 vehicles and 40 residential units.

de Witt’s role included the provision of preliminary Town Planning advice, consultation with Council and the Urban Design Consultative Group, project management of consultants and preparation of a comprehensive Statement of Environmental Effects.

de Witt Consulting were engaged by NSW Health to provide professional planning services in the planning stages and in the preparation of a development application, for a new healthcare facility providing clinical integration of primary and community health care services including GPs, community health, dental and other identified service providers in a ‘one stop shop’ location.  The development comprises preparatory earthworks, the erection of a two level HealthOne health services facility with a grade car park, landscaping and the provision of associated services, drainage infrastructure, etc. .

Our services included providing an overview of the planning controls, legislative and approvals framework that apply to the proposed development. In particular, we obtained a legal opinion and provided advice regarding the proposal’s permissibility using State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure).  de Witt Consulting prepared a comprehensive SEE to accompany the DA to Council.  The process included attending a pre-DA meeting with Council and meetings with the Project Team, preparing our components of the SEE and integrating components of others into the documents, liaising with team members, reviewing inputs to DA documentation from team members, preparing the draft SEE for comment and review and finalising the SEE.  The Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the development which now services residents of the area.

Uniting Care engaged de Witt Consulting as the statutory Town Planning consultant for the expansion of a retirement village to accommodate 100 independent living units (“ILUs”), 60 residential aged care places/residential care facilities (“RCF”), associated community infrastructure and services [including 30 units under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (“NRAS”). The site, totalling approximately 22 hectares, is constrained by a combination of mine subsidence, flooding, bushfire and remnant vegetation with some ecological significance. These were incorporated into the design and planning. The application was staged, with an application for the first stage approved by Wyong Council and has also been the subject of additional stages with continued involved of de Witt Consulting.  

de Witt Consulting provided professional planning services in the planning stages and in the preparation of a DA for student accommodation and associated services catering for 778 students for the University of Newcastle. The development includes four 8 storey student accommodation buildings incorporating ground floor administration, plant, bicycle storage, amenity and communal areas with accommodation above and a multi-deck car park for 421 vehicles. The project has a capital investment value of approximately $100 million.

de Witt Consulting also provided an overview of the planning controls, legislative and approvals framework that apply to the proposed development, and assisted in the concept design and pre-DA discussions with Council. Following this, de Witt Consulting prepared a comprehensive SEE to accompany the DA to Council. The process included preparing our components of the SEE and incorporating components of others into the documents, liaising with team members, liaising with government agencies, reviewing inputs to DA documentation from team members, preparing the draft SEE for comment and review, and finalising the SEE. The Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the DA in March 2012 and it is undergoing various stages of construction.

de Witt Consulting provided professional planning services in the planning stages, and in the preparation of a development application, for a 147-bed residential aged care facility (RACF) and 43 independent living units over a 11,650m2 site at the corner of Brighton Avenue and Cary Street Toronto for Anglican Care. The project has a capital investment value of approximately $43 million.

de Witt Consulting provided an overview of the planning controls, legislative and approvals framework that apply to the proposed development, providing the developer with crucial information for the concept design and discussions with Council. This included reviewing relevant Local Environmental Plans, zoning provisions and State Environmental Planning Policies as well as drawings, and sub-consultant reports prepared in relation to the project. Our staff attended a pre-DA meeting with Council and meetings with the project team to finalise a concept proposal and provided planning advice as required.

Following this, de Witt Consulting prepared a comprehensive SEE to accompany the DA to Council. The process included attending an additional pre-DA meeting with Council and meetings with the Project Team, preparing our components of the SEE and integrating components of others into the documents, liaising with team members, reviewing inputs to DA documentation from team members, preparing the draft SEE for comment and review, and finalising the SEE. The application was approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel in September 2012 and is nearing completion of construction.

de Witt Consulting provided professional planning services for a project to erect a new mixed residential development on land at Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle (the old Royal Newcastle Hospital site). The site is the subject of an approved Concept Plan determined by the Minister for Planning on 3 January 2007. Initially de Witt Consulting facilitated amending the Concept Plan which applies to the site via a Section 75W application which was approved by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) in June 2013.

In February 2015 the Hunter Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) granted consent to development on the site for 216 units in two buildings with associated basement parking and landscaping. The project has a capital investment value (CIV) of approximately $50 million and is currently being constructed.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

de Witt Consulting prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) in relation to a proposed extension to John Hunter Hospital.

The extension will accommodate a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (“PICU”) at John Hunter Children’s Hospital (“JHCH”) and internal alterations to the existing General Intensive Care Unit (“ICU”).

Increasing demand for a specialist PICU has led to the proposal which will be constructed within the JHCH, with internal connections to the general ICU and the rest of JHH.

The REF was prepared in accordance with Section 111 and 112 of the EP&A Act and Clause 228 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regs) to provide a thorough assessment of the proposed activity in relation to its likely effects on the environment.

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Wickham Green Mixed Use Development

de Witt Consulting provided Town Planning services for a proposed a 8-storey mixed use development in Wickham.

The proposal includes two ground floor commercial units, off-street parking for 42 vehicles and 40 residential units.

de Witt’s role included the provision of preliminary Town Planning advice, consultation with Council and the Urban Design Consultative Group, project management of consultants and preparation of a comprehensive Statement of Environmental Effects.

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HealthOne Facility

de Witt Consulting were engaged by NSW Health to provide professional planning services in the planning stages and in the preparation of a development application, for a new healthcare facility providing clinical integration of primary and community health care services including GPs, community health, dental and other identified service providers in a ‘one stop shop’ location.  The development comprises preparatory earthworks, the erection of a two level HealthOne health services facility with a grade car park, landscaping and the provision of associated services, drainage infrastructure, etc. .

Our services included providing an overview of the planning controls, legislative and approvals framework that apply to the proposed development. In particular, we obtained a legal opinion and provided advice regarding the proposal’s permissibility using State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure).  de Witt Consulting prepared a comprehensive SEE to accompany the DA to Council.  The process included attending a pre-DA meeting with Council and meetings with the Project Team, preparing our components of the SEE and integrating components of others into the documents, liaising with team members, reviewing inputs to DA documentation from team members, preparing the draft SEE for comment and review and finalising the SEE.  The Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the development which now services residents of the area.

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Seniors Living Development

Uniting Care engaged de Witt Consulting as the statutory Town Planning consultant for the expansion of a retirement village to accommodate 100 independent living units (“ILUs”), 60 residential aged care places/residential care facilities (“RCF”), associated community infrastructure and services [including 30 units under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (“NRAS”). The site, totalling approximately 22 hectares, is constrained by a combination of mine subsidence, flooding, bushfire and remnant vegetation with some ecological significance. These were incorporated into the design and planning. The application was staged, with an application for the first stage approved by Wyong Council and has also been the subject of additional stages with continued involved of de Witt Consulting.  

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Student Accommodation & Multi Deck Car Park

de Witt Consulting provided professional planning services in the planning stages and in the preparation of a DA for student accommodation and associated services catering for 778 students for the University of Newcastle. The development includes four 8 storey student accommodation buildings incorporating ground floor administration, plant, bicycle storage, amenity and communal areas with accommodation above and a multi-deck car park for 421 vehicles. The project has a capital investment value of approximately $100 million.

de Witt Consulting also provided an overview of the planning controls, legislative and approvals framework that apply to the proposed development, and assisted in the concept design and pre-DA discussions with Council. Following this, de Witt Consulting prepared a comprehensive SEE to accompany the DA to Council. The process included preparing our components of the SEE and incorporating components of others into the documents, liaising with team members, liaising with government agencies, reviewing inputs to DA documentation from team members, preparing the draft SEE for comment and review, and finalising the SEE. The Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the DA in March 2012 and it is undergoing various stages of construction.

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Residential Aged Care Facility

de Witt Consulting provided professional planning services in the planning stages, and in the preparation of a development application, for a 147-bed residential aged care facility (RACF) and 43 independent living units over a 11,650m2 site at the corner of Brighton Avenue and Cary Street Toronto for Anglican Care. The project has a capital investment value of approximately $43 million.

de Witt Consulting provided an overview of the planning controls, legislative and approvals framework that apply to the proposed development, providing the developer with crucial information for the concept design and discussions with Council. This included reviewing relevant Local Environmental Plans, zoning provisions and State Environmental Planning Policies as well as drawings, and sub-consultant reports prepared in relation to the project. Our staff attended a pre-DA meeting with Council and meetings with the project team to finalise a concept proposal and provided planning advice as required.

Following this, de Witt Consulting prepared a comprehensive SEE to accompany the DA to Council. The process included attending an additional pre-DA meeting with Council and meetings with the Project Team, preparing our components of the SEE and integrating components of others into the documents, liaising with team members, reviewing inputs to DA documentation from team members, preparing the draft SEE for comment and review, and finalising the SEE. The application was approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel in September 2012 and is nearing completion of construction.

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Esplanade Residential Development

de Witt Consulting provided professional planning services for a project to erect a new mixed residential development on land at Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle (the old Royal Newcastle Hospital site). The site is the subject of an approved Concept Plan determined by the Minister for Planning on 3 January 2007. Initially de Witt Consulting facilitated amending the Concept Plan which applies to the site via a Section 75W application which was approved by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) in June 2013.

In February 2015 the Hunter Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) granted consent to development on the site for 216 units in two buildings with associated basement parking and landscaping. The project has a capital investment value (CIV) of approximately $50 million and is currently being constructed.

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Environmental Impact Assessment

Staff of de Witt Consulting have extensive experience in managing multi-disciplinary Environmental Impact Assessments. The first stage of our environmental impact assessments is often to provide an understanding of key constraints and risks on the site to provide understanding of opportunities and constraints. Early understanding of environmental conditions of a site allow future development to minimise environmental impact and approval requirements.

As environmental planners and scientists we are able to outline relevant legislation, appropriate approval pathways and agencies that need to be consulted with. The team of specialists at de Witt Consulting has extensive experience in dealing with issues relating to bushfire, contaminated land, flooding and sea level rise, flora and fauna, heritage, noise and traffic.

Our approach is to manage the assessment from concept to completion with specialist input from others as needed. We manage the assessment and approval process through various government agencies to seek a preferred outcome.

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is being prepared to document likely impacts of the proposal on the environment and to address environmental management requirements.

The proposal is located in the Liverpool Local Government Area along the Georges River including Lighthorse Park. An important objective for Council is that the project restore physical connections between the CBD and the southern side of the Georges River.

There are ongoing plans for future connection of the revitalised CBD with its naturally beautiful Georges River. Construction of the Boardwalk along the Georges River, a shared user path and the river crossing is one of the many initiatives Council have for the city under the Building Our New City program.

 

Two separate Review of Environmental Factors (REF) were prepared for a bridge replacement at Mittagong and bridge removal and construction of level crossing at Cowra. The REFs considered State Environmental Planning Policies, relevant planning and environmental legislation and environmental risks. Each REF assessed environmental impact of the proposed development, recommended environmental mitigation measures and provided an assessment of the significance of the impact on the environment.

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was prepared to consider environmental impacts of the proposed upgrade of the existing sewer system on site with construction of a new sewer rising main to connect to the new development. The reticulated sewer network was designed in accordance with Hunter Water requirements to connect to the Hunter Water sewer network. The REF considered issues such as tree clearing, soil management and noise within the university campus. Appropriate environmental management measures were provided in the REF.

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was prepared for a proposed Wastewater Pumping Station and Sewer Rising Main to service a subdivision of approximately 250 lots at Dora Creek. The REF helps examine and takes into account to the fullest extent possible, all matters affecting or likely to affect the environment by reason of the activity. Key issues include State significant wetlands (SEPP 14), high groundwater, acid sulfate soils, soil management and water quality.

Environmental Assessment (EA) (under former Part 3A) for a proposed intermodal goods terminal at Kooragang Island. The proposed development included movement of goods by road, rail and shipping. In addition to cargo the site proposed to store up to 6,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate and as such as considered a hazardous industry that required additional consideration and assessment through the State government. de Witt Consulting prepared the EA, project managed consultants and liaised with Department of Planning and other government agencies.

Georges River Boardwalk and Pedestrian Bridge

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is being prepared to document likely impacts of the proposal on the environment and to address environmental management requirements.

The proposal is located in the Liverpool Local Government Area along the Georges River including Lighthorse Park. An important objective for Council is that the project restore physical connections between the CBD and the southern side of the Georges River.

There are ongoing plans for future connection of the revitalised CBD with its naturally beautiful Georges River. Construction of the Boardwalk along the Georges River, a shared user path and the river crossing is one of the many initiatives Council have for the city under the Building Our New City program.

 

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Bridge Replacement

Two separate Review of Environmental Factors (REF) were prepared for a bridge replacement at Mittagong and bridge removal and construction of level crossing at Cowra. The REFs considered State Environmental Planning Policies, relevant planning and environmental legislation and environmental risks. Each REF assessed environmental impact of the proposed development, recommended environmental mitigation measures and provided an assessment of the significance of the impact on the environment.

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Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was prepared to consider environmental impacts of the proposed upgrade of the existing sewer system on site with construction of a new sewer rising main to connect to the new development. The reticulated sewer network was designed in accordance with Hunter Water requirements to connect to the Hunter Water sewer network. The REF considered issues such as tree clearing, soil management and noise within the university campus. Appropriate environmental management measures were provided in the REF.

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Sewer Rising Main

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was prepared for a proposed Wastewater Pumping Station and Sewer Rising Main to service a subdivision of approximately 250 lots at Dora Creek. The REF helps examine and takes into account to the fullest extent possible, all matters affecting or likely to affect the environment by reason of the activity. Key issues include State significant wetlands (SEPP 14), high groundwater, acid sulfate soils, soil management and water quality.

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Intermodal Goods Terminal

Environmental Assessment (EA) (under former Part 3A) for a proposed intermodal goods terminal at Kooragang Island. The proposed development included movement of goods by road, rail and shipping. In addition to cargo the site proposed to store up to 6,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate and as such as considered a hazardous industry that required additional consideration and assessment through the State government. de Witt Consulting prepared the EA, project managed consultants and liaised with Department of Planning and other government agencies.

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Master Planning

Masterplanning can create a more enjoyable liveable area by considering broader issues of open space, formal and informal social interaction, public and private transport and visual impact of the larger development site. A masterplanned site can generate a uniform theme of buildings, landscaping, paving and colour to create an integrated development.

Our Town Planners have wide ranging skills in planning for future growth to help with:

  • Subdivision design
  • Servicing of lots
  • Planning infrastructure including roads, parks and paths
  • Integrated transport planning
  • Strategic planning concepts of environmental, heritage and cultural values
  • Section 94 contributions.

Our work on the former quarry site has ranged from preliminary environmental assessment to strategic planning and detailed controls for the Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan. Our work includes identifying potential future uses of the site and incorporating these uses into an Area Plan that guides future development of the site and forms part of Council’s planning documentation. The Area Plan identifies areas for future development, conservation areas and opportunity to incorporate recreation space into land not proposed for urban development. We have been able to balance development outcomes with environmental issues to achieve excellent future use of the former quarry site.

Maitland hospital is a regionally significant hospital that provides comprehensive health care including a range of emergency, surgical, rehabilitation and preventative health care services. A master plan was prepared to encourage future development of the hospital site occur through a consolidated approach based on existing and proposed zoning and planning policies and guidelines.

Key issues that were addressed include flood prone land, traffic management, site layout, mix of zonings. The master plan considered limiting growth, increasing height, increasing development area or a combination and height and development area to provide guidance on the preferred future option.

de Witt Consulting have been involved with Allambi Care for many years providing Town Planning and development advice relating to existing facilities and potential future sites to enable Allambi Care to continue providing support to the community. Projects include reviewing strategic land holdings and facilities providing advice on development opportunities such as the Allambi headquarters in Charlestown and the provision of on site administrative facilities as well as learning support services. Our work has involved the consideration of land use controls, existing environmental constraints, bushfire considerations, surrounding built environment as well as the needs of the Client. Strategic advice is constantly provided on various sites to enable Allambi to make suitable decisions to meet their changing needs.

de Witt Consulting is working with Belmont Golf Club, specialist environmental consultants and course designers to ensure the Club is best utilising existing holdings.

This enables the Club to ensure growth of the course by the utilisation of areas suitable for development associated with the Club.

Our work has involved liaison with the Club, Council and State Government authorities to address sensitive environmental considerations such as the coastal zone, SEPP 14 Wetlands along with practical operations of the Club can occur.

de Witt Consulting is working with Merewether Golf Club to review existing land uses and opportunities for the Club to better utilise its existing holdings whilst not adversely impact on operations of the Club. This master planning advice has required consideration of the Club’s likely infrastructure requirements and forward planning, existing holdings and planning requirements. de Witt’s work has resulted in the rezoning and subdivision approval on a portion of the site as well as ongoing strategic advice.

de Witt Consulting were the lead consultant on a proposal that required the master planning of a residential development site in Dora Creek which will ultimately enable 270 new dwellings, environmental areas for rehabilitation, passive and active recreation areas as well as a layout that facilitated various requirements for infrastructure.

de Witt Consulting was the lead consultant in the project the project for Cessnock City Council that involved the preparation of a master plan associated with the existing cemetery on expected requirements. The master plan includes improvements to existing grassed areas, gardens, built infrastructure as well as areas for expansion of burial plots. 

Former Speers Point Quarry

Our work on the former quarry site has ranged from preliminary environmental assessment to strategic planning and detailed controls for the Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan. Our work includes identifying potential future uses of the site and incorporating these uses into an Area Plan that guides future development of the site and forms part of Council’s planning documentation. The Area Plan identifies areas for future development, conservation areas and opportunity to incorporate recreation space into land not proposed for urban development. We have been able to balance development outcomes with environmental issues to achieve excellent future use of the former quarry site.

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Health - Hospital

Maitland hospital is a regionally significant hospital that provides comprehensive health care including a range of emergency, surgical, rehabilitation and preventative health care services. A master plan was prepared to encourage future development of the hospital site occur through a consolidated approach based on existing and proposed zoning and planning policies and guidelines.

Key issues that were addressed include flood prone land, traffic management, site layout, mix of zonings. The master plan considered limiting growth, increasing height, increasing development area or a combination and height and development area to provide guidance on the preferred future option.

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Allambi Care

de Witt Consulting have been involved with Allambi Care for many years providing Town Planning and development advice relating to existing facilities and potential future sites to enable Allambi Care to continue providing support to the community. Projects include reviewing strategic land holdings and facilities providing advice on development opportunities such as the Allambi headquarters in Charlestown and the provision of on site administrative facilities as well as learning support services. Our work has involved the consideration of land use controls, existing environmental constraints, bushfire considerations, surrounding built environment as well as the needs of the Client. Strategic advice is constantly provided on various sites to enable Allambi to make suitable decisions to meet their changing needs.

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Belmont Golf Club

de Witt Consulting is working with Belmont Golf Club, specialist environmental consultants and course designers to ensure the Club is best utilising existing holdings.

This enables the Club to ensure growth of the course by the utilisation of areas suitable for development associated with the Club.

Our work has involved liaison with the Club, Council and State Government authorities to address sensitive environmental considerations such as the coastal zone, SEPP 14 Wetlands along with practical operations of the Club can occur.

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Merewether Golf Club

de Witt Consulting is working with Merewether Golf Club to review existing land uses and opportunities for the Club to better utilise its existing holdings whilst not adversely impact on operations of the Club. This master planning advice has required consideration of the Club’s likely infrastructure requirements and forward planning, existing holdings and planning requirements. de Witt’s work has resulted in the rezoning and subdivision approval on a portion of the site as well as ongoing strategic advice.

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Residential Development Site

de Witt Consulting were the lead consultant on a proposal that required the master planning of a residential development site in Dora Creek which will ultimately enable 270 new dwellings, environmental areas for rehabilitation, passive and active recreation areas as well as a layout that facilitated various requirements for infrastructure.

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Cemetery Masterplan

de Witt Consulting was the lead consultant in the project the project for Cessnock City Council that involved the preparation of a master plan associated with the existing cemetery on expected requirements. The master plan includes improvements to existing grassed areas, gardens, built infrastructure as well as areas for expansion of burial plots. 

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Agency Approvals

Developments often require approval from other agencies as part of the approval process or prior to construction. The approvals may be integrated and are required as part of the development assessment process or may be required separate to the Development Application. Approvals may be related to:

  • bushfire
  • filling of land
  • heritage
  • mine subsidence
  • roads
  • threatened species
  • watercourses.

Our Town Planners and Environmental Scientists regularly assist with approvals from other agencies. Our knowledge and involvement on projects from the Town Planning process results in our excellent understanding of legislation and approval requirements. We provide advice and negotiate agency approvals on projects we are involved with from the Town Planning aspect.We also assist on other projects whereby only specific agency approvals are required.

Community Consultation

Community consultation is an important part of the development and environmental assessment process. We are able to assist with community consultation for projects that may be contentious or have a high degree of community involvement. The Planning Team has has experience through previous roles within State and Local Government Sectors as well as through our involvement on private development projects. Our approach to community consultation is to engage with the community at key stages in the process, provide an appropriate amount of information and encourage ongoing communication to resolve issues.

Get in touch

Head Office Charlestown

7 Canberra Street Charlestown NSW 2290

PH: 02 4942 5441

Sydney Office

Level 32,101 Miller Street North Sydney NSW 2060

PH: 02 8019 7268

Western Office

87 Herbert Street Gulgong NSW 2852

PH: 02 6374 2911