Development applications

Looking at carrying out a development on your property? We can assist with the process from concept right through to occupation. We draft the town planning reports and project manage, organising everything for you and making what can be a very stressful process as easy as possible. From carports to chooks sheds, from high rise development to rural boundary adjustments, our experience is vast.

Development submissions / expert witness

Are you affected by a development close by? As an independent third party we can review, advise of your options and represent you. Are you involved in a dispute or planning appeal and require an expert witness? We are well equipped to work for you and ensure your interests are protected.

Pre purchase or general town planning advice

Looking at buying a property ? Want to know what you can do with it? We specialise in pre purchase advice for a low flat fee. Within 2-3 days we can provide you with written advice to help you make that important decision to buy or not to buy.

Want super quick development advice regarding what you can do with your property?

Text 0437 195 264, the property address, and what you want to do with the site and Matt can usually let you know the same day.

Planning studies / strategies

Do you need to complete a planning strategy or a development control plan (DCP), either for your own piece of mind or as requested by a planning authority? We have drafted many DCPs and masterplans for Councils and private land owners.

Planning proposals / rezonings

Does the current zoning of your property not work for you? Do you have a great site and big ideas? We have been involved in countless rezoning applications, working closely with Council to achieve excellent social and environmental outcomes, whilst of course delivering on client expectations.

Plan drafting

A picture tells a thousand words. We are experienced at drawing up your subdivision and other plans. When you have your town planner drafting up the plans, no detail is lost in the project – its a one stop shop.

Building surveying

We are involved in all facets of the land management and development process. We can liaise with your certifier for construction certificates or complying development certificates. We can prepare BASIX Certificates to accompany your development right though to pre purchase building condition reports. At Perception Planning we are all about making it easy for you.


Do you have a complex situation you needed resolved? We are experienced at formal and information conflict resolution, community consultation and independent chairing. Whether it’s the chair for a reference group or getting different interest groups on the same page, we have a unique approach and perspective that works.

Project management

When a project falls off the rails, the problem can always be bought back to a basic project management failure. Projects we are involved in from day one, sure there will be some bumps along the way, but our methodological project management approach means, your project has the best chance of succeeding, on time and on budget. We call this our end to end project management service – from that bright idea you had in the shower to until the jobs done.   If unfortunately, we were not involved from the start of your project, we also offer a project support and intervention service – we quickly assess the situation and tell you what is needed to get the project back on track.

Environmental assessment

Environmental assessment is a fundamental part of any development process. At Perception Planning we are well equipped to complete;

• Heritage Advice/Heritage Impact Statement
• Environmental Management Plans
• Bushfire Assessment
• Review of Environmental Factors
• Peer Review / Independent s79C assessments

In Newcastle, the urban area is fortunate to have some fantastic heritage buildings; in rural areas like Cessnock and Dungog, bushfire is a real concern; and in many areas of Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie the land is very environmentally sensitive. We have all these issues covered and carry out comprehensive environmental assessments.


Town Planning & Development Training with Matt Brown from Perception PlanningMatt is a renowned speaker at conferences and seminars on planning, development and business travelling the country to do so. Matt has been able to package his experience and highly unique perspectives on town planning culture into training modules. Matt is an accredited trainer. Matt can turn your business or your council assessment team into a customer focused, very efficient and most importantly, highly engaged team. Drop us a line to discuss.