We find solutions in planning and environmental law

Since founding the practice in 2005, we have assisted developers, town planners, councils, and environmental consultancies to navigate through the increasingly complex landscape of Environmental and Planning Law. Unlike other firms, our Principal and Accredited Specialist Planning and Environment Lawyer, Grant Long, was a qualified and experienced Town Planner before becoming a Lawyer. Our team are uniquely experienced and qualified in the area of development, planning and litigation. Based in Newcastle, we serve the Hunter Region to Sydney and beyond.

Whether it’s a large organisation or a home owner, our clients want the same things

  • To be heard.
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  • To find solutions in their favour.

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“We would like to sincerely thank Long Legal for their support with our successful appeal against Council. Their professional and expert guidance inspired confidence in us to remain strong and hopeful throughout the legal process.  Demolition in a Heritage Conservation Area certainly proved to be a contentious issue – but the outcome, in our favour, was justifiable and fantastic!”

 – Nisbet, 2017.

 

Revitalising Newcastle – Planning to Fail

The State Government is letting Newcastle down with its latest release from the Revitalising Newcastle project. There is an old saying that failing to plan is planning to fail. Sadly for Newcastle, despite enormous rhetoric, there is a distinct absence of planning.

Newcastle Future Fund?

Newcastle is developing a history of passionate and peaceful protest.  Look at the Layman Street Figs for example. On the weekend, many people hit the streets to protest the cutting and removal of the rail line between Wickham and Newcastle Stations. The State Government is determined to press ahead with the project with work commencing on Boxing Day, barely 11 days away. As I wrote in a previous blog, I believe that many people object to the project because they fear what will become of the land.  It now seems inevitable that parts of the land will be sold off for redevelopment.  This in and of itself is not a bad thing, so long as the redevelopment is done well. Setting that aside, here is a question to ponder – Why can’t the proceeds of the sale of that land be put into a Newcastle Future Fund? Money from the Fund could only be spent on Newcastle projects.  The Fund could be administered in a completely open and transparent way (a website with audited accounts, for example).  Individuals or groups could apply for grants from the Fund for local projects.   Perhaps the Fund could be used solely for public transport projects? Anyway, my point is that this money should stay in Newcastle and not be absorbed into State Treasury for redistribution elsewhere. Anyone agree?...