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Council Frustration?

Does the thought of dealing with Council cause you anxiety? Are you sick of receiving different answers to the same question? Remove your stress and get us to help

Don't know where to start?

Development applications are complicated! There are so many documents listed and so much jargon that it can seem impossible! Get an expert to manage the process for you

In the right hands

Feel safe knowing your development is in the right hands. Our knowledge and experience allows us to get our clients their approvals faster saving them time and money.

Hunter Valley’s best town planning firm! 

No one knows the Hunter Valley and the different Council’s Development Application approval systems like Outlook Planning and Development. We have extensive experience in obtaining development applications approvals for developments within the Hunter Valley and all of NSW with our Principal Planner working as the Head of Town Planning for Singleton Council. While we have local knowledge of the local approval process we also use our Sydney based experience to gain approvals faster or where others can’t. 

We have seen a massive increase of investors from outside of the Hunter Valley (Sydney, Melbourne) and from abroad (China, Japan and India) which has dramatically increased the desirability of the area. The land prices have gone up by exponential measures and the area is waiting for substantial investment in development.

We are happy to help any of our clients with their Hunter Valley developments as we have helped many of our clients in the Hunter Valley  area to obtain development approval and know how to navigate the Council Approval system. 

The Best Town Planning Firm for The Hunter Valley

Have the best town planners working for your development application! Our broad experience and knowledge means that we get Development Applications for Hunter Valley area approved where others can't

The Variety of Developments in The Hunter Valley

We enjoy working on a variety of developments from big to small. Below are some examples of the types of developments common for the Hunter Valley Area.

Dwelling House

Hunter Valley area is a hot designation for new beautiful architecturally designed homes. We have helped many of our clients get the home of their dreams despite height limits and floor space ratio restrictions.

Multi Dwelling Houses

Why build 2 houses when you could build 4 or more! Multi dwelling housing allows you to build multiple dwellings on the one lot and then subdivide through strata subdivision.

Cellar Door and Vineyards

The Hunter Valley is one of the most famous areas within Australia for Shiraz and Verdello varietals and is a popular and beautiful area for getaways from Sydney. The abundance of local vineyards makes it a prime centre of investment in Tourism and Viticulture. We have extensive experience in both developments and more!

Coal Mining and Other Operations

Coal Mining and other operations such as sand queries have become the back-bone of the Hunter Valley. We have extensive experience in working for the mines as well as acting on behalf of the ancillary development as a result of the mines such as the developments willing to occupy the mine buffer areas.

Tourist Accomodation

Tourist and Visitor accomodation is one of the most common types of the development within the Hunter Valley area and is the most sought after for investors! Tourism is the backbone of the Hunter Valley Economy with savy investors snapping up untapped lots within the Hunter Valley area. We assist by providing quality town planning advice for the locality.

Subdivision

Subdivision potential is one of our most common enquiries for residents in the Hunter Valley Area. Whether it is one in to two lot subdivisions, strata subdivisions or boundary adjustments we help our inner west clients achieve their subdivision dreams.

Cellar door and Tourist Accomodation

We commonly help our clients get approval for their new business premises. Whether it is a new trendy store, a new hairdresser, a new restaurant, a new gym or a Boutique Beer Bar we can help get your approval.

Rezoning - Planning Proposals

One of the most common questions for the area is in regard to rezoning. This is something we are very confident in assisting our clients in and providing sound and straight to the point advice! Whether it is turning rural land into residential or low density to high density.

Objection Letters

View loss and privacy impacts are the biggest source of objection for all developments. Our objection letters are thorough and detailed and we have a good track record for refusal or at least forcing the developer to redesign for a better outcome.

Hunter Valley DA Approvals

  • Certified Town Planners

  • Development Application Experts

  • Servicing these Hunter Valley Councils

Maitland City Council

Port Stephens Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

Newcastle City Council

Singleton Council

Dungog Shire Council

Cessnock City Council

Muswellbrook Shire Council

What we do?

Advice

Our experienced town planners can provide you with expert advice to help you with your development: We offer the following services:

  • Feasibility reports
  • Pre-purchase reports
  • Unapproved works
  • Letters and advice
  • General town planning advice
  • Neighbour objection advice and reports

Reports

Get us to provide you with the report you need to get the job done! We provide the following reports:

Approvals and Certifications

Let us help you obtain your approval! We provide the following approval services:

  • Lodgement of development applications
  • Project management of applications
  • Attendance at Council meetings
  • Rezoning Application/Planning Proposals
  • Masterplans

Why Choose Us?

Fast Development Application Approvals

Do it right the first time and have us handle your development application. Our statement of environmental effects are detailed and cover everything for your development saving time and money to get your approval.

Experts in our field 

We have extensive and broad experience in all types of town planning. Our Planners have Ex-Council experience and know the best way to get an approval.

Size Doesn’t Matter

No matter how small or how big your job is, we can help you. We work on small renovations to large subdivisions and residential flat buildings.

Out of the Box Thinking

Our experience and knowledge of the legislation allows us to come up with solutions to problem developments where others fail.

One Stop Shop

We have an extensive list of external consultants that we work with, such as surveyors, engineers and architects, and can find the best one for your project.

Flexibility

Our Town Planners have flexible working hours to help fit our clients needs. We are available for appointments 7 days a week when requested.

Competitive Flat Rate Prices

We offer highly competitive pricing and produce high quality reports. The majority of our quotes are flat rates so you know exactly how much our services will cost

Let’s work together

Have a chat with Josh and the Team Today!

Our Blogs

Property Development Spotlight: Beresfield

Beresfield is one of the biggest hot spots within the Newcastle area with investors and first home buyers flocking to the area to score great prices for great blocks of land. We look at what to look for for development within the area and how to maximise on your investments including dual occupancies and subdivisions.

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Thornton Developments Booming

Thornton and Chisholm has become a booming area for investors and first home buyers wanting to leave Sydney and head towards the Hunter Valley. The greater Maitland area is a booming area with plenty of land available for developers.

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What can I build without Council Approval?

We explain what types of development you can do without any Council approval for everyone doing their home renovations. Read all about exempt development and what you can build this weekend after a trip to Bunnings to get your DIY tools.

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Complying Development Certificates

Want to build a house or renovate but don’t want the hassle of a development application. You might be able to get approval through a private certifier. We take some time to explain what a complying development is and the steps you need to take to obtain a CDC through a private certifier.

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Guide to Heritage Impact Statements

Heritage Impact Statements are essential for any development involving a heritage item or heritage conservation area. We go into some of the basics of what makes up a heritage impact statement and who should be preparing them for your development.

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New Generation Boarding Houses

New generation boarding houses have a lot of negativity at the moment with developers obtaining approvals for large scale boarding house developments. So what exactly is a new generation boarding house?

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Northern Beaches Dual Occupancy for beginners

Northern Beaches Town Planners explain Dual occupancy facts on the Northern Beaches including Pittwater, Warringah and Manly. We provide some information on dual occupancy developments on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Where you should be looking and what you should be considering.

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Reducing Car Parking in CBDs

We explore the theory that as the amount of parking decreases, the appeal of driving gives way to more environmentally friendly transport modes such as walking, cycling, ride-hailing, car pooling and public transport.

Some evidence suggests reducing or capping parking pays off. In cities that have implemented these measures, driving has declined and public transport use has increased.

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SFS Stadium Redevelopment seeks new construction company

The redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium has been full of controversy with a massive public backlash to the development.

The development has been subject to a lot of public debate with questions as to why the NSW Government are demolishing a functioning stadium instead of upgrading the stadium at a fraction of the cost.

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Objection to Boutique Hotel in Redfern

Outlook Planning and Development were engaged by a group of concerned residents in regards to a nearby development that sought consent to demolish an existing (abandoned) service station to a boutique hotel with 58 guest rooms, car lift and guest facilities.

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