Monthly Archives: April 2015

Minimum Apartment Size Rules – More Than Some People Thought

A recent decision delivered by Justice Sheahan of the Land and Environment Court held that the standards that apply in relation to the assessment of minimum unit sizes are greater than what a many people thought with potential implications for … Continue reading

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Court upholds decision with ‘devastating’ impact on views

The Land and Environment Court recently upheld a decision by Warringah Council to grant consent to a development  which had ‘devastating impacts’ on the neighbour’s views despite a development control requiring reasonable sharing of views.

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Can an offer be altered in a tendering context?

A recent Supreme Court decision provides some guidance as to the extent to which it is open for a tenderer to vary the terms of its offer after submission of its response to an invitation to tender, and at what … Continue reading

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What are the limits of the ‘submission period’ under the EPA Act?

In a recent case, the Land and Environment Court has explored the parameters of the period within which objectors to an application for designated development must provide a written submission to ensure they have a right of appeal under the Environmental … Continue reading

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New Ministers and Planning Reform Back on the Agenda?

Newly re-elected Premier Mike Baird has undertaken a cabinet reshuffle resulting in new Ministers for the Environment and Planning. Rob Stokes, the former Minister for the Environment, is the new Minister for Planning and Mark Speakman, new to the cabinet, … Continue reading

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Council’s Obligations to Contractors

The NSW Court of Appeal has recently delivered judgement in the case of Central Darling Shire Council v Greeney [2015] NSWCA 51 which confirms the duty of care a council owes to its contractors.

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Details matter – The importance of accurate information on contamination and remediation

Accurate and thorough information should be provided to consent authorities in relation to contamination and remediation of land to ensure the consent authority can meet its obligations to consider contamination and remediation under State Environmental Planning Policy No 55 – Remediation of … Continue reading

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