Our Expertise

Planning & Development

Storey & Gough is at the forefront of planning law and has acted in some of the most important planning cases of our time.

We have extensive experience in advising and acting for Local Government, Government and property developers in New South Wales and Queensland. We counsel a broad range of clients and closely monitor planning trends taking place.

In numerous cases we have helped and guided our clients to develop a creative, non-litigious solution. When appropriate, we are capable of applying a more aggressive approach to ensure our clients’ objectives are met.

We are able to advise on appropriate strategies on planning appeals and regularly appear as advocates in the Courts. Alternatively, we are able to negotiate and find solutions through Council and Government Departments.

We also advise on legal issues, environmental impact assessment, the interpretation of environmental planning instruments and zoning and development applications.

Having a town planning element, Storey & Gough also specialises in the preparation of detailed and comprehensive Statements of Environmental Effects, Statements of Evidence and other town planning reports.

Our firm has a proven track record when acting on behalf of clients in such matters as:

  • Applications on sensitive land
  • Applications under SEPP 5 (now Seniors Living)
  • Business developments
  • Childcare centres
  • Commercial developments
  • Community title
  • Contaminated lands
  • Designated and integrated developments
  • Dual occupancies
  • Educational establishments
  • Existing use rights
  • Extractive industries
  • Foreshore development
  • Helipads
  • Home occupations
  • Hotels
  • Industrial development
  • Large scale commercial and residential developments
  • Large scale multi-unit developments
  • Marinas
  • Mixed use developments
  • Motels
  • Objections to developments
  • Residential flat buildings
  • Resident submissions
  • Restricted premises
  • Restaurants
  • Retirement villages
  • Rural industries
  • Rural workers dwellings
  • Section 94 Contribution Plans
  • Service stations
  • Sex industry premises
  • Shopping centres
  • Single dwellings
  • Strata subdivisions
  • Subdivisions
  • Sustainable energy applications
  • Telecommunication facilities
  • Tourist facilities
  • Townhouse developments
  • Villa developments
  • Voluntary Planning Agreements
  • Wetlands and threatened species

The Firm is familiar with the interpretation and use of the Burra Charter and Heritage Planning and has strong relationships with pre-eminent heritage experts.