Big Picture Urban Rural

"Taking the pain out of planning"

 We provide cost effective and responsive professional advice and documentation regarding 

  • planning permit/amendment applications, and

  • other planning or liquor licensing issues

for

  • small business people including licensees and builders,

  • design, development and legal professionals, including architects, designers, surveyors, solicitors and other planning consultants, and

  • land owners.

 

EXPERTISE

As well as extensive experience in urban medium density housing, we also have significant expertise in:

  • liquor licensing-related permit applications, including new licensed premises and for increased hours, patrons, red line areas, Cumulative Impact Assessments and Noise and Amenity Action Plans,

  • small scale commercial, industrial or warehouse uses including existing use rights,

  • commercial advertising signs,

  • waiving or reduction of car parking requirements, and

  • controversial and/or historically complicated applications requiring sophisticated and sensitive handling by an experienced town planner through the council process.

PLANNING PERMIT APPLICATIONS

 

Project management takes the hassle out of applying for a planning permit (or an amendment to an existing planning permit) and ensures that the application is handled in a professional and timely manner and achieves the best outcome possible with minimum stress to the client.

It involves the preparation, submission and actively monitoring of the planning application, including doing a site inspection, providing relevant documentation, liaising with/monitoring council officers, responding to further information requests, dealing with referral authorities, coordinating public notice, responding to objections, advocating for approval of the application, checking permit conditions and handling correspondence.

OBJECTIONS

Big Picture Urban Rural has extensive and successful experience in preparing objections to planning applications for private or business clients (residential development in residential zones only).

PLANNING DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING RESPONSES TO FURTHER INFORMATION REQUESTS

 

This includes Clause 54 and 55 (Rescode) reports, Car Parking Demand Assessments (less than ten car spaces to be reduced), Cumulative Impact Assessments, and Noise and Amenity Action Plans (also known by different names), whether for our own applications or where separately requested by a council. The latter is increasingly common for people who have lodged their own planning applications.

ADVICE

Based on approximately twenty-five years of both town planning experience and customer service, BPUR puts planning schemes and other planning information into a verbal or written form that ordinary people can both understand and benefit from. This includes for people who have lodged, or are considering lodging, their own application or objection.

 

PRACTICE

AREAS

 

CASE STUDIES

ORBIT HOMES

Obtained over 15 planning permits for various single and multi-dwelling ...

RESIDENTIAL HOTEL, FITZROY

When, at the instigation of a neighbour, Yarra Council ...

SELF-STORAGE & PANEL BEATING, KEILOR EAST

When the Brimbank Council took enforcement against ...

MARTIAL ARTS BUSINESS, PORT MELBOURNE

When Port Phillip Council took enforcement action ...

OUR TEAM

MATT GORMAN
TOWN PLANNER
PARTNER

Tel: 0410 762 304

matt.gorman@bpur.com.au

GYORGYI GORMAN
BOOKKEEPER
PARTNER

Tel: 0414 421 085

georgie@bpur.com.au

 

Contact

Big Picture Urban Rural

Address:   Big Picture Urban Rural          

PO Box 200 Ballan VIC 3342 Australia

Email:        matt.gorman@bpur.com.au
Mobile:     +(61) 0410 762 304

For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form:

 

LINKS

Businesses we often work with and recommend:

Liquor consultant who deals with the "licence" (VCGLR) part of the licensing process

Competent designers specialising in single and multi-dwelling development

Experienced planner who advocates for public  and private clients at VCAT regarding mainly residential development, especially in Eastern suburban and inner Melbourne

Customer-focused builders who increasingly specialise in multi-dwelling developments, especially in Eastern suburban Melbourne

Experienced custom builders specialising in house extensions and renovations across  South-East Melbourne

Our other branch dealing with liquor licensing issues.

 
 

TESTIMONIALS

"I need to say that you handled this matter in an exemplary way. ... The structure of your letter, the absence of flaws, the strength of advocacy, are all of a standard for which I would award full marks. Many thanks."

Ian

"Thanks you for all your efforts and great reports for the planning files."

Justin

"I received several e-mails from the councillors ... thanking me ... for your detailed letter regarding the project so it carried sufficient weight in the objection."

Dale

"Having read the submission I can well understand the time and expertise that has gone into it. ... It was fantastic, very specific ... it must have taken you a considerable time to complete. We will be forever grateful for your time and effort into our “cause” no matter the outcome. Before you, we had canvassed a few other town planners who were very dismissive … You are a breath of fresh air … We thank you for your perseverance and integrity.

Carole

"Thanks for all your help and direction throughout the process. I would definitely use your services again and would highly recommend them." 

Spiro

Grant

"Thanks Matt ... I owe you a beer"