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Planning Appeals (Land and Environment Court)

All merit appeals in the Land and Environment Court’s Class 1, 2 and 3 jurisdiction.

How we can help

  • Class 1 Merit Appeals – Environment Planning and Protection Appeals
  • Class 2 Merit Appeals –Local Government and Miscellaneous Appeals
  • Class 3 Merit Appeals – Valuation, Rating and Compensation Matters

Expertise

Class 1 Appeals are commonly appeals against the refusal or deemed refusal of a development application or modification application. The first step is a formal mediation by the Court and we have very good results in settling these appeals at this stage. A deemed refusal is an appeal right exercised where the Council has not yet made a determination of a development application (specific advice needs to the sought as there are time limits on this appeal right). The class 1 appeals involve dealing with a range of relevant experts, such as: urban planning, architect, heritage, traffic, waste management, acoustic and visual experts, civil and stormwater, landscaping, ecologists, archaeologists etc.

Class 1 of the Court’s jurisdiction also deals with appeals against a ‘development control order’ issued by Council, and multiple other miscellaneous appeals

Class 2 appeals are miscellaneous appeals brought under a number of Acts.

Class 3 appeals are concerned with merit reviews of land valuations (rating and land tax) and compensation amounts as a result of compulsory acquisition.

The SWS Property and Planning team have extensive experience in conducting merit appeals in the Land and Environment Court.

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