What does a Town Planner do? And how they can help you when designing, building or renovating your home?
In this episode, we’ll be diving into the role of Town Planner.
The requirements for working with a Town Planner, when you’ll need one and what you’ll need one for, will vary from state to state, suburb to suburb and house to house. However, there are some key consistencies to know, and ways they can make your journey simpler overall. So listen carefully for tips for your project.
So, let me introduce Nuala Dewhurst.
Nuala grew up in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and after living and working in Sydney and Broome WA, she moved back to the mountains and has raised her 4 kids there.
Nuala decided on a career in town planning after getting sick of the lack of pram ramps she experienced as a young mum in the suburbs. She’s been in the industry now for over 20 years.
With extensive experience in the Blue Mountains, Nuala specialises in character and heritage assessments and preparing Statements of Environmental Effects. These are a required document when you lodge a Development Application in with Councils in NSW, and whilst I’ve seen some homeowners have a crack at writing these reports themselves – or use other consultants, such as their designer, to write them – my recommendation is it’s a job best done by a Town Planner. And Nuala will explain in more detail why.
Nuala has worked for State and local government and has always been passionate about the way our communities work. Her career has included assessing proposals for development and preparing city wide plans. She has worked as a town planner in local government for over 15 years before moving to consultancy planning.
So she’s worked both sides of the desk – in assessing applications inside council, and in making applications for her clients’ projects. It’s a great set of skills to have – as someone who’s worked on the inside can often provide great insight into how to get your project approved.
Nuala has now established her own business – Griffin Planning. She and I actually met when a client of mine brought me a preliminary planning report she’d commissioned Nuala to prepare on the block of land she planned to build on.
I was so impressed with how comprehensive it was, and how much information it gave me in order to design a home for this block, I connected with Nuala. She was also kind enough to attend my last Sydney Workshop and assist attendees with queries they had around Council approvals and Council rules.
It’s great to sit down with Nuala Dewhurst and talk about the role of the Town Planner. I think you’ll learn a lot, wherever your project is located.
This is about the WHO, the WHAT, the WHEN and the WHY of using a Town Planner for your renovation or building project.
Listen to the podcast now.
To learn more about Nuala Dewhurst and Griffin Planning, head to here to connect with her:
Information regarding planning can be found here:
- NSW Six Maps Aerial Mapping >>> AERIAL MAPPING NSW
- NSW Planning Portal >>> NSW STATE PLANNING PORTAL
- NSW Electronic Housing Code >>> ONE GOV HOUSING CODE INFO
- NSW Check your Section 149 (2) and (5) in your Contract of Sale (or request from Council)
- VIC Land Channel >>> VIC STATE PLANNING INFO
- QLD Queensland Development Code >>> QLD DEVELOPMENT CODE DOWNLOADS
- QLD Brisbane City Council >>> BCC PD ONLINE
- QLD Check other Queensland Councils “PD Online” for online planning tools
- WA Residential Design Codes >>> WA PLANNING CODES
- South Australia Planning Portal >>> SA PLANNING INFO + CODES
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