Local Planning in a Global Environment: NSW Government proposes to limit conditions of consent regulating overseas impacts

Amendments have been proposed to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 (Mining SEPP) that will impact on how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered in assessing mining projects and the conditions of consent that may be imposed. The Environmental…

Brexit: Lessons in tone when producing records

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks” [Hamlet, Act 3, scene2] So it is now said when a person’s protestations are laid on too heavily. We see through their protestations to their true purpose.  Protestations when overdone imply a lack of sincerity. Amongst all the other legal challenges that the Brexit process has brought to…

Balancing flexibility and fairness: a review of the policy framework for Voluntary Planning Agreements

The NSW Government has responded to growing concern that the development industry is ‘being held to ransom’ by some Councils when negotiating VPAs by releasing a revised Practice Note and draft Direction and circular regarding the use of Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). On 4 November…