Contact

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P: 9262 6188

E: rbennett@pvlaw.com.au

Introduction

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With over 14 years’ experience in environmental, planning and property development law, Ryan has a proven ability to obtain planning approvals for his clients. Ryan has extensive experience in the Land and Environment Court, particularly in its Class 1 jurisdiction.

Ryan has a strategic and commercially based approach to his clients’ planning and environmental matters. He employs a solution-driven methodology to resolving his clients’ issues, aiming to keep them out of Court where possible.

Ryan believes that successful development involves a whole-of-development approach and an understanding of the strategic goals of his clients.  He works hard to understand these goals early in the client relationship so that both parties are working towards the same end. Through his tested approach, Ryan is able to effectively represent his clients’ interests in negotiating with government authorities to achieve the best possible outcome. He specialises in achieving re-zonings, development approvals through various approval pathways.  

Ryan is aware of the challenges of developers in producing high-quality development and of the competing political, economic and social challenges faced by property developers and landowners.  He strategically adapts his approach to each matter accordingly.

Ryan prepares and conducts appeals to the Land and Environment Court in respect of the full spectrum of matters litigated in that jurisdiction, including single dwellings, subdivisions, large-scale subdivisions, large retail and commercial development, complex re-zonings and high-density residential development.

As part of the Planning & Environment team, Ryan works closely with Gary Green and Joshua Palmer. In local government matters, Ryan enjoys collaborating with Kim Probert and Roslyn McCulloch.   

 

Experience

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  • Acting for developer in a $100m mixed use redevelopment in Berry Street, Pacific Highway, North Sydney involving an appeal to the Land and Environment Court.
  • Acting for developer in the redevelopment of a prominent Kings Cross site for large-scale adaptive reuse of an existing building.
  • Acting for developer on large-scale seniors living development at Wahroonga in the Ku-ring-gai Council area and subsequent rezoning of that site for residential redevelopment.
  • Advising developer for establishment of a 60,000 burial plot cemetery at Greendale, determined by way of approval by the Sydney West Joint Regional Planning Panel.
  • Advising developers as to necessary steps to “physically commence” development and assistance in achieving same.
  • Providing due diligence advice and pre-DA lodgement advice in relation to large-scale residential redevelopment and mixed use development.
  • Acting for developers in respect of high-end single residential dwellings.
  • Acting for a developers on master plan sites involving significant site issues including bushfire, contamination, ecological and riparian constraints.
  • Significant experience in the Land and Environment Court’s “quick stream” section 34AA process.
  • Advising developers on regularising unauthorised development, including applications for Building Certificates and Class 1 appeals, most notably in the case of Bocce v Woollahra Municipal Council (No.3) [2013] NSWLEC 1249.
  • Significant experience in advising in respect of ecologically sensitive development, native vegetation, threatened species and flora and fauna issues.
  • Preparation and advice in relation to voluntary planning agreements.   
  • Advising in relation to heritage and heritage conservation issues.

 

Contact

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P: 9262 6188

E: rbennett@pvlaw.com.au

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Qualifications

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LLB 2003, University of Technology, Sydney