Man-cave, bungalow, complying development?

On 11 June 2015, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Trives v Hornsby Shire Council [2015] NSWCA 158.  This decision allowed the applicant’s appeal from the decision of Craig J in the Land and Environment Court, which we discussed in our blog below.  As the blog below analysed the implications of Craig J’s…

Access orders trump restrictions over community land

To what extent does the categorisation of land as community land stymie development? In what circumstances can works be carried out on community land for the purposes of development on an adjoining property? What happens in circumstances where a Council fails to properly categorise land? These questions were covered in the recent decision of Watpac…

Watch out for new environmental enforcement laws

The Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, introduced to the Legislative Assembly on 12 August, proposes to strengthen NSW environmental enforcement laws, and introduces the concept of ‘restorative justice’ into environmental enforcement. ‘Restorative justice’ is described in the second reading speech for the Bill as a process that: “brings together both an offender…