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Most people get nervous about putting together a development application. It is understandable as often it is the result of an investment in real estate of significant value. At Suburban Town Planners, we like to set up your development application (DA) for an approval. Phil Mudge has become skilled at development applications through his time on a suburban council as the Chairman of the Councils Development and Environment Committee and as well the Councils Landscape Management Committee. Phil works with Melissa Neighbour who has an Honours Qualification in town planning, as well as a graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Let us break down the process for you. The first meeting is usually on site. The constraints of the site, if any, are assessed and potential impacts on adjoining properties are considered. Usually at this meeting Phil will have the architect attend, and any other consultants who will have a significant input into the DA plans and documents. The first aim is to ensure the DA plans, while complying with the Council local environment and development control plans, achieve our clients vision of their proposal. However, if it can be demonstrated that minor variations do not impact on the amenity of the adjoining properties, but rather improve the amenity of the subject property, then it is not always necessary to comply with the development control plan.

It is a good idea to show the neighbours your plans prior to lodgement. Neighbours appreciate this, rather than receiving a notification in the mail. At these meetings, you can ask the neighbours for a letter of support. This always makes it easier for Council officers to support your application. The more letters of support for your application the better. However, if you are compliant with the Council
development control plan, there should be no need to address Council.

Depending on the level of interest in your development application from neighbours and whether neighbours intend to object about your DA, Phil or Melissa will apply to address the Council where they will point out the compliance with the development controls and any non-compliances, and why these non-compliances are reasonable.

Phil’s philosophy with DAs is be reasonable. Do not exceed the controls if you are still going to achieve a good outcome. Show you are considerate to neighbours and work with Council Officers to achieve a mutually acceptable development.

By following these philosophies your development application will be approved within a reasonable time frame and achieve a very satisfying result.


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  • Modification Application for home business

    Hi Mel, Phil,
    I just wanted to pass on our thanks for your great work in assisting us with our DA and gaining the subsequent Council approvals.
    Our circumstances were fairly unique and your guidance, expertise, and subsequent dealings with Council no doubt played a major role in the successful outcome.
    I would have no hesitation in recommending you to others or utilising your services again in the future.
    Rob Neale
  • Owners’ Corporation at a Public Meeting of Sydney Planning Panel

    We have no hesitation to recommend Suburban Town Planners. They accepted our request for service with a short 3-day notice and represented the Owners' Corporation at a Public Meeting of Sydney Planning Panel and achieved expected outcome. Clara Yiling Wang, Secretary of Executive Committee of SP65406 11-17 Burleigh St, Burwood NSW 2134

    Phil completed the strata application with the Mosman Council and lodged the approved strata plan with the Land Titles Office for registration in an efficient and comprehensive manner. He dealt with any fire regulations and Building Code of Australia matters that arose. As well, our building encroached on the adjoining property. Phil organised the appropriate easement to cover this encroachment, otherwise, the building could not be strata titled until the encroach was registered at the Land Titles Office. Phil completed the whole process by personally attending to the conveyancing of each unit from company title to strata title thus saving the shareholders a significant amount. He ensured that zero stamp duty was paid by personal attendance at the Stamp Duties Office’ Of course, it goes without saying that we would recommend Phil for any Town Planning and similar matters. Mr. Rob Barrington, Chairperson. Owners Corporation.

    Phil Mudge was introduced to me by a highly respected now-retired architect. My need was to convert a small company title building to Strata. The legalities and requirements to undertake are a “minefield” and require knowledge, skill, process, plus good communication in simplistic form. We achieved our conversion with minimal legal involvement, perfect linkage to all the regulatory authorities and a happy group of now Strata unit owners. Phil has a unique skill with a no-nonsense approach. Highly recommended Ivan Hodge Mosman

    Dear Phil; I would like to place on record our appreciation for the professional & conscientious manner displayed in guiding our subdivision at Kenthurst, NSW from the DA application stage on to the issue of a construction certificate for both stages of the development & then on to the issue of a subdivision certificate for Stage 1 & it’s subsequent successful registration with LPI. We are continuing on with works pursuant to the issue of a subdivision certificate for Stage 2 at the moment & as you are aware the process is going well.
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