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Barker Ryan Stewart has a proven track record of obtaining development approval for our clients.

Our dedicated town planning team is highly experienced in negotiating complex development applications, preparing strategic plans, and working collaboratively with project teams. We can also advise on project feasibility, whether the intention is to purchase, develop, subdivide, or rezone. We pride ourselves in understanding our client’s project objectives, and are dedicated to negotiating and delivering development approval outcomes.

We have a comprehensive understanding of the town planning regulations and requirements of local councils and government authorities. Within the public sector, our team has worked closely with government bodies to prepare development control plans and master plans, guiding development and planning decisions made by councils and various authorities.

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Planning services

Development Approvals

  • Development applications
  • State significant development applications
  • Project management of complex development applications
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Statement of Environmental Effects
  • Request for SEARs

Strategic Planning

  • Rezoning submissions (Planning Proposals)
  • Development Control Plans and Policies
  • Master planning

Planning Services for Government Agencies

  • Development assessment
  • Review of Environmental Factors
  • Development applications


  • Due diligence assessments
  • Highest and best yield analysis
  • Planning approval pathway advice

Supporting Studies

  • Waste Management Plans
  • Heritage Impact Statements
  • CPTED Reports (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
  • Social Impact Assessments

Land and Environment Court

  • Expert Witness representation in the Land and Environment Court
  • Section 34 Conciliation 
  • Statements of Facts and Contentions 
  • Joint Conference Reports
  • Provision of professional advice to legal team
  • Attendance at meetings and group site inspections

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