• Planning for Brexit: the impact on UK planning law and practice

      The UK electorate voted to leave the European Union (the ‘EU’) in the referendum held on 23 June 2016. In this briefing, we assess the potential implications of ‘Brexit’ on UK planning law and practice.

      June 30, 2016

    • The post-Brexit environment: how green is the grass on the other side?

      This briefing explores the implications of a UK exit from the EU on UK environmental legislation and controls.

      June 24, 2016

    • Victoria announces target of net zero emissions by 2050

      The Victorian Government has issued its formal response (Response) to the independent review of the Climate Change Act 2010 (Act), which was tabled in Parliament in February (Independent Review).

      June 20, 2016

    • Acquiring land rights for Australian renewable projects

      Over the past 12 months there has been a dramatic increase in the development of greenfield renewable projects in Australia. State governments are responding to the calls for green energy, and the latest round of auctions by the ACT government in order to acquire 90% of Canberra’s electricity supply from large-scale renewables by 2020 is attracting growing investment in both solar and wind projects. This means there has been increasing competition between developers and private investors looking to secure land rights early for potential solar and wind projects.

      June 08, 2016

    • Independent Inquiry makes 48 recommendations to improve the Victorian EPA

      Report of the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

      May 24, 2016

    • NSW Planning Reforms back on the agenda

      On Friday May 6, 2016 the NSW Planning Minister, the Hon Rob Stokes MP, announced reforms to the planning system, with an ambitious timetable for consultation on the reforms, to culminate in draft legislation to be released in the second half of this year. Minister Stokes says that the amendments will focus on ensuring confidence and consistency within the planning system. The amendments will be ‘evolutionary not revolutionary’. This update looks more closely at what is likely to be covered in the 2016 reform package.

      May 09, 2016

    • Proposed Regulatory Guidance Statements – Input Sought

      Legal Update from the Environment and Planning team in Perth on WA Department of Environment Regulation draft guidance statements published in December 2015

      January 18, 2016

    • Low-cost home ownership is only one way to boost housing supply

      The chancellor’s Autumn Statement will have been welcomed by homebuyers and housebuilders alike for the extension of the Help to Buy scheme.

      December 23, 2015

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