Environment & Planning

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Developing environment and planning strategies that go beyond just securing the relevant approvals is critical for organisations looking to grow, while upholding their social license to operate.

Environment and planning law is based on a complex array of laws and policies, so your legal advice needs to be both comprehensive and clear.

How we can help

As the range of regulations continues to expand, we can provide proven strategies for addressing issues arising from environmental liability and pollution law

We have a track record of success in defending environmental prosecution, as well as conducting civil litigation based upon environment, health and safety claims. Moreover, we have developed management systems to assist our clients to reduce their environmental and occupational health and safety risks.

We have experience at all stages of the development process

From the design of systems to comply with environment impact assessment requirements in dealings with consent authorities, to managing community consultation and specialist areas such as native title, heritage and endangered species requirements.

Environmental risk is now a major factor in corporate transactions and privatisations

Our team provides strong commercial skills coupled with a detailed understanding of both the complex regulations and an ability to develop innovative solutions.


Broken Hill Pipeline Project

Advised on all aspects of the construction of a 270km pipeline from the Murray River to Broken Hill, NSW to deliver drinking water.

Snowy Hydro 2.0 Expansion Scheme

Advised on the environmental and planning approvals aspects for the Snowy Hydro 2.0 Expansion Project.

Sino Iron Project Expansion Proposal

Advised CPM on its proposal to expand the Sino Iron Project at Cape Preston, the largest magnetite mining and processing operation in Australia.

Stockyard Hill Wind Farm

Advised on the development phase of this large-scale renewable energy project.

Development of Queen's Wharf, Brisbane

Advised on a number of aspects of the development application with respect to the development of the Queen's Wharf Priority Development Area in the Brisbane CBD.

Western Sydney Employment Precinct

Advised Jacfin on the development of the greenfield industrial estate in Western Sydney, NSW.

DSI International

Acted for DSI International on its acquisition of Fero Group, a national steel manufacturing and anti-corrosion service provider. The Allens environment team provided advice on complex environmental issues arising in the course of the transaction, including legacy contamination, ongoing regulatory investigation and compliance matters.

Cook Cove Redevelopment

Advised on the rezoning and staged redevelopment of a new master planned precinct at Rockdale/Arncliffe, comprising approximately 100 ha of land on the Cooks River foreshore, adjacent to Sydney Airport.


Advised on a number of proceedings in the Land & Environment Court of NSW and the NSW Court of Appeal in relation to Bunnings' development application for its site at Pymble, NSW.

Energy Developments

Acted on a number of transactions, notably the acquisition of the operating Weipa Solar Farm and the development project Blackwater Solar Farm, both in Queensland.


Advised in relation to pit expansions at the Premier Coal Mine in Collie, Western Australia and represented Premier Coal in appeal proceedings before the Appeals Convenor.

Stockyard Hill Wind Farm

Advised Goldwind on planning and other regulatory matters for this project, the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere.