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Best Hooper is a Melbourne based boutique law firm practicing in a range of areas including local government and town planning law, property…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 13 Feb 2019

The Plunkett Decision - How it affects loss on sale claims

Known as a "planning blight", the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act) has long provided a right to owners of land to claim compensation where…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 7 Feb 2019

Alkero Reconsidered - The latest development in ‘Jezmac’

Jezmac Pty Ltd v Glen Eira CC [2018] VCAT 2053 (Jezmac) was required to revisit the decision of Alkero Development Pty Ltd…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 8 Jan 2019

The Roll-Out of Reformed Infrastructure Contributions Plan

The Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) system was reformed by the ascent of the Planning and Environment Amendment (Public Land Contributions)…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 2 Dec 2018

New regulations for owners corporations

On 3 December 2018, the new Owners Corporations Regulations 2018 (Vic) replaced the existing Owners Corporation Regulations 2007 (Vic)…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 26 Nov 2018

VCAT Decision Small Lot Exemption Aboriginal Heritage Regulations

The Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2018 (“AH Regs”) commenced on 23 May 2018. The Tribunal in the recent decision in Hartland Group Pty Ltd v…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 30 Oct 2018

Ground level - what is natural?

Insights Library All residential zones detail a ‘maximum building height’. However there has been a number of VCAT decisions which question the…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 30 Oct 2018

Garden Area application - per lot or planning unit?

This was considered in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘VCAT’) decision of Sargentson v Campaspe SC (Red Dot) [2018]…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 28 Oct 2018

A recent warning about bearing the risk of DCP Infrastructure Projects

In a judgment of His Honour Greg Garde, the Supreme Court has considered the treatment of works in kind in circumstances where there…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 4 Sep 2018

Integrated decision making - a timely reminder

Best Hooper successfully acted on behalf of the Stonnington City Council (Council) in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s (Tribunal)…
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Best Hooper | Australia | 19 Aug 2018

Planning permits and applications may be eligible for reduced car parking

Very recently, the State Government introduced Amendment VC148 to Planning Schemes, which applies to all Planning Schemes. It makes…
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