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What is Environment and Planning law in NSW?

Across Australia, planning and environmental laws are primarily governed at the State level. Each State’s Parliament establishes regulations concerning the utilization and development of land and natural resources within their jurisdiction. In New South Wales (NSW), the cornerstone of legislation governing land use and preservation of natural resources is the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, wherein the term “environment” encompasses various aspects of human surroundings, affecting individuals and social groups alike. This broad definition empowers the Parliament to regulate both human and natural environments extensively.

To protect the natural environment, the Parliament has also instituted laws that license pollution and criminalize activities that harm or pollute it. Offenders can face significant penalties, including custodial sentences. Key legislative acts related to harm, licensing, enforcement, and pollution control in NSW are the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

For those involved in land and property-related matters in NSW, seeking advice and representation from experienced planning and lawyers is crucial. A reputable law firm with extensive experience advising on matters ranging from contaminated land, compulsory acquisition and compliance to due diligence and development consent can prove invaluable. Such legal services often extend to litigation, representation before tribunals, and assistance with local government-related issues. Across NSW, including Sydney, the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales is a crucial venue for matters involving planning and environmental law, as well as prosecution for non-compliance.

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What is the difference between Planning Vs Environmental Law?

While often seen as an interconnected branch of law, planning law and environmental law serve distinct purposes and necessitate specialized legal expertise. Planning law primarily focuses on the legal framework surrounding land use and development. On the other hand, environmental law is concerned with safeguarding the environment, encompassing aspects such as air quality, water resources, and the preservation of endangered species. A subset of environmental law is natural resource law, which aims to conserve native plants and animals, both on land and in aquatic environments.

In practical terms, planning laws dictate the permissible locations, sizes, shapes, and impacts of new developments. Conversely, environmental laws facilitate authorized pollution through licensing procedures and set limits on the type and extent of environmental pollution. The harmonious integration of planning and environmental laws helps ensure thorough consideration of environmental impacts before any development occurs. Furthermore, developments are granted approval only when their impact on the natural and built environments is deemed acceptable.

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How can our Experienced Planning and Environmental Lawyers Help?


Planning and Environment Regulations

Our Environment and Planning Lawyers can help Planning and Environment Regulations

Our environment and planning lawyers have strong expertise in:

  • Reviewing and understanding complex planning and environment regulations.
  • Providing solid legal advice for developments, sub-divisions, and large projects, considering the implications of planning and environment regulations.
  • Assisting with code or impact assessments, land use regulations, contaminated land concerns, heritage listing, tree or nature-related requirements, and other areas of due diligence before project commencement.
  • Assisting with the compulsory acquisition of land.
  • Appeals relating to decisions made under the Trees Act 2006.

Property Developments

Our Environment and Planning Lawyers can help with Property Developments

Our environment and planning lawyers can assist with:

  • Advising on regulatory approvals (development consent) and compliance matters.
  • Overcoming hurdles in your development application process.
  • Drafting and refining development applications.
  • Identifying potential issues early on to address objections or conditions from council and appealing council orders relating to your development.
  • Assisting with construction contracts and negotiations.
  • Facilitating off-the-plan marketing proposals with your preferred agents.
  • Documenting the pre-sales process.
  • Providing comprehensive property development law services from inception to sale.

Land and Environment Court Disputes

Our Environment and Planning Lawyers are highly successful litigators in the Land and Environment Court

Our team of environment and planning lawyers can help you with:

  • Dealing with challenges in obtaining project approvals from council or state governments.
  • Negotiating with council regarding development conditions or misapplication of codes and regulations.
  • Handling onerous conditions that may affect the profitability of your project.
  • Representing you in contested planning and environment disputes before the Land and Environment Court.


Our Planning and Environmental Lawyers can help with Sub-Divisions in NSW

Our experienced team of planning and Environment lawyers can help you with:

  • Anticipating your local council’s response to a sub-division application.
  • Assisting you in preparing a comprehensive application that addresses potential concerns proactively.
  • Enhancing your chances of successfully obtaining council approval for your sub-division project.
  • Providing support throughout the sub-division process, including finance, lot registration, and transfer (if required).
  • Assisting with the marketing and sales process for your sub-division properties.

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3 months ago

PBL handled my late mothers estate, they were very obliging and patient with any and all questions that we had, thank you to David , Sharon and the other staff that we dealt with, everyone was so easy to talk to and friendly .David came to the home where my Mother was living and helped her to get her will in order, Sharon helped us through the process of executing her wishes when the time came even doing a house call which was so much easier, thank you all so much

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a year ago

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Positive: Professionalism, ResponsivenessOur Commercial Property conveyancing was handled very professionally. Anita’s experience and responsiveness was an asset in this transaction.

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a year ago

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, ValueI am so grateful for Anita Bradley from PBL Law Group helped me with this property settlement, she has went above beyond to ensure I understand everything because of our deafness. I will recommended Anita or their team. Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done for us.

For almost 18 months I have been a client of Alex Ilkin. Alex is very knowledgeable and professional and has consistently provided me with thorough, honest and well set out advice, including steering my case through appeal proceedings. He always worked for my best interests with integrity and compassion. I recommend Alex and his team at PBL.

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

I have dealt with Priority Business Lawyers on multiple items ranging from Leasing to Joint Venture agreements. I've dealt with Raea and Reuben, and at all times they offer helpful, professional service and advice. Would recommend this company to anyone looking for lawyer services.

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4 years ago

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I have been dealing with PBL for over a year in the M&A space as a result of a recommendation from a colleague. In several matters, Reuben and the team have always shown foresight in considering the broad picture. One matter in particular, circa $50m, has become very complicated. We are in good hands with PBL and the relationship is reliable, dependable and genuine. I would not hesitate to recommend Reuben, Raea and the team at PBL

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Why Choose PBL Law Group as Your Environment and Planning Lawyers in NSW?

Environment and Planning Law

Why Choose PBL Law Group as Your Environment and Planning Lawyers in NSW?

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Free First Consultation with Legal Counsel

Tell us about your legal concerns with your development and we will provide a pulse-check of your situation and a bespoke strategy to meet your unique legal issues.

Be it starting out a new development to negotiations with councils on approval conditions and representation in the Land and Environment Court, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation for you to understand the next best action forward.

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What Makes PBL Law Group Different

We Return Calls

We return calls if we don't pick up on first ring, guaranteed.

We Speak Your Language

Straight talk and in plain english without the jargon.

We Hear You

So we can understand your situation to tailor our advice to your unique situation.

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Meet Our Team of Law Experts

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Meet Our Team of Law Experts

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Meet Our Team of Law Experts

Associate Lawyer
Mark Stace
Associate Lawyer
Iain Mark
Director Lawyer
Raea Khan
Sharon Banning
Anita Bradley

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Raea Khan

Raea is Managing Director and Principal Lawyer for PBl Law Group. Raea assists clients with major projects, property developments, construction and strata law.

He has worked in Western Australia and Queensland assisting with expansion projects in the energy and resource sector and now predominately advises clients in Strata and Community Association matters.

He is a member of the Australian College of Strata Lawyers where majority of his work is advising developers and owners corporations with dispute related minor and major defects, strata governance and common property litigation. He is proficient at leading negotiations and meetings.

Raea has a particular interest in the commercial aspect of any dispute and always tries to weigh up the risk, reward and benefit of legal proceedings at each different stage.

Raea enjoys all forms of competitive sport, including Crossfit and actively participates in Triathlons, representing Australia as an age group athlete. He was a member of Red Head Surf Lifesaving club.

  • Strata Law
  • Construction & Major Projects
  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Planning & Environment Law