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Top Tips For Negotiating The Development Assessment Process

Top Tips For Negotiating The Development Assessment Process

Lodging a development application with your local council can often be a stressful, nervous and anxious experience. Particularly for those who may be doing it for the first time and are unsure about how to go about communicating and liaising with the Council. To provide assistance in this regard, Blockbrief […]

JOHN SPENCE – DEVELOPER FOR THE NEW WORLD

JOHN SPENCE – DEVELOPER FOR THE NEW WORLD

From our Profiled Developers Page “A bon vivant with a love of life and a flair for creating unique luxury properties” – The Luxury Travel Bible John Spence went from Bananaramma and Culture Club agent to property developer, voted the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. His companies Royal Reports […]

The Shift to E-Planning

The Shift to E-Planning

Lodging an application for a new development unlike most activities related to real estate investment and development is typically carried out the old school way through lodging paper applications via mail or in-person at council offices. Governments around the country are finally starting to embrace the opportunities that the Internet […]

A Double Serve of Planning Reform in 2012?

A Double Serve of Planning Reform in 2012?

In our August 2011 post we reported on the NSW Governments major review of the state’s key piece of planning legislation. The review is anticipated to lead to a new framework for the NSW Planning System, including draft legislation with a bill to be introduced possibly later this year. The […]

Donald Trump – The Donald

Donald Trump – The Donald

From our Profiled Developers Page “He is the archetypal businessman – a deal maker without peer and ardent philanthropist” – Robert Kiyosaki Donald Trump is the chairman and president of the Trump Organisation, a privately held company New York. The Trump Organisation has enjoyed extraordinary success everything from global real […]

Market Update – Property Focus

December edition of the Blockbrief Monthly Update. Economic indicators released in November were mixed. Australia’s jobless rate rose to a seasonally adjusted 5.3% in October, even after the economy added 20,000 full time positions. The ANZ Job Advertisements Series declined for a fourth consecutive month, falling 0.7% in October. Annual growth […]

Subdivision Development

Subdivision Development

  Subdivision of land is the principal element by which communities are developed. Technically, subdivision describes the legal and physical steps a developer must take to convert raw land into developed land. Subdivision is a vital part of a cities growth, determining its visual aesthetics, the mix of land uses, and […]

View Impacts – a critical consideration for developers in high amenity areas

View Impacts – a critical consideration for developers in high amenity areas

View and view loss concerns are a town planning conflict often central to the assessment of many development applications in areas of high landscape amenity. Such disputes are known in planning terms as a ‘view loss conflict’ and usually arise because views are a highly valued and sought after attribute […]

Australia needs a housing summit, like we need a World Cup victory

Australia needs a housing summit, like we need a World Cup victory

Pascoe’s article “Housing affordability: the summit we really need” couldn’t have come at a better time. The problems are there, the weaknesses noticeable, the remedies we are unsure of (hence the summit) but we are trying; much like Australia’s current Rugby World Cup campaign. Lets not beat about the bush, […]

Developers Lodging a DA Over the Christmas & New Year Period To Limit Objections from Neighbours, Should Weigh Up Time Delays

Developers Lodging a DA Over the Christmas & New Year Period To Limit Objections from Neighbours, Should Weigh Up Time Delays

When building works are proposed on a property which can potentially have an affect on the enjoyment of other surrounding properties, local councils will place the development proposal on neighbour notification. The specific requirements of the neighbour notification process vary from council to council throughout NSW. However, generally speaking, councils […]