Negligence and local councils

In some instances a local council may be liable in relation to negligence, including with respect to development consents.

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In the news – Clause 4.6 variations

Following an inquiry into the former Canterbury City Council, ICAC has made some interesting recommendations in relation to the use of clause 4.6 variation requests.

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When work is “Physically Commenced”?

In some instances a development consent will not lapse if building, engineering or construction work relating to the building, subdivision or work is “physically commenced”. What does this mean exactly?

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Extent of Demolition – Coorey v Municipality of Hunters Hill

The judgment of Coorey v Municipality of Hunters Hill  provides us with the appropriate considerations for determining whether a development application should be characterised as “additions and alterations” or an application for “a new building”.

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