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Lovegrove & Cotton Lawyers Bulletin 

 
  27 February 2018

How High Is Too High In the Inner City? The Balancing Act of Planning Permit Reviews


By Justin Cotton, Director, Lovegrove & Cotton - Construction and Planning Lawyers
 

An ever increasing population growth in inner suburban areas, and the need to intensify habitation closer to major infrastructure, has meant ever growing tension between the need to expand choice for inner city living versus the preservation of local amenity and neighbourhood character. For planning law purposes, it is important to know the relevant weight given by tribunals such as VCAT to these competing considerations, as the number of such disputed applications is only going to augment, not diminish.

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Best Practice Elements of Enlightened Building Control for the Third Millennium – 2018 and Beyond


By Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB, Lovegrove & Cotton - Construction and Planning Lawyers
 

The Building Regulatory Reform Summit in Canberra was excellent. Congratulations to BPIC for hosting this timely event. Lovegrove and Cotton were delighted to be cosponsors. It was indeed a think tank with some of the most enlightened minds in the building industry using the summit as a platform to air their concerns about the Australian building industry and solutions for the future. The enthusiasm was palpable as was the concern that care must be taken going forward as building regulatory ecology is at a cross roads in many respects. The discussion on risk, the cost of risk and impacts upon insurance was a particuarly lively discussion. Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB's paper is attached, his focus was pretty much limited to the design of Building regulation for the future.

Again congratulations BPIC, Rodger Hill and your Board for this proactive and fortuitous initiative. 

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Nine Ways to Fix Building Regulation in Victoria


By Justin Cotton, Director, Lovegrove & Cotton - Construction and Planning Lawyers
 

When you reform an Act of Parliament, it is important to get it right and avoid “tossing the baby out with the bath water.” As in a game of chess, every move must be thought through with due consideration given to likely consequences. This is not entirely unlike the process of drafting a contract for a large commercial building project. Justin, in this article that was first published in Sourceable in 2013, discusses the way, from a law reform perspective, to fix up the Building Act in a manner that would satisfy all stakeholders in the ecology of building regulation.

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Prosecutable offences under the Victorian Building Act 1993


By Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB, Lovegrove & Cotton - Construction and Planning Lawyers

The penalties for failing to have regard to the probity pillars of the Building Act 1993 have been ratcheted up. This is noteworthy given there are many ways by which building practitioners and property owners can find themselves face-to-face with the penalty provisions of the Building Act 1993. For some of the specifics regarding these penalties, be sure to read this article penned by Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB.

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Risk, Private Certification, Insurance Premium Hikes and Mounting Challenges for the Profession


By Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB, Lovegrove & Cotton - Construction and Planning Lawyers
 

The buzz at the moment is that insurance premiums for the private certification profession are becoming very expensive and in some cases, prohibitive. Furthermore, insurers are increasingly expanding the scope of exclusions which is making it increasingly difficult to obtain compliant insurance cover. This piece written by Kim Lovegrove RML, FAIB, for sourceable a couple of years ago, attracted some 18,000 reads, but the issues raised in the article are now once again very topical and even more pressing.

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