Amended Act means tougher planning enforcement

New changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (Planning Act) are proposed by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2014 (Amending Bill), which was introduced to the NSW parliament on 22 October.  A fair amount of media attention to date has been on the particulars relating to tougher penalties and the…

Heritage restoration: what’s reasonable?

Is it unreasonable to expect an owner of a local heritage item to restore it, when the restoration cost is 60–70 percent of the value of the property? The recent Land and Environment Court (LEC) appeal in Norm Fletcher & Associates Pty Limited v Strathfield Municipal Council[1] involving Pepper J cemented the Court’s earlier answer…