Houses should be energy rated in the same way as your fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.

Obviously a system already exists for this. NATHERS. But it’s not mandatory for people to disclose the energy efficiency of their house when they sell it or lease it out. This should be law…

The scope that planners have in relation to what they can consider when assessing a development application varies considerably between Victoria and South Australia.

In Victoria, planners are given wide scope to take into account factors that they consider are relevant to an application in certain circumstances.

In South Australia…

Lachlan Goddard

Lachlan Goddard is a planning lawyer with a background in property — www.lachlangoddard.com

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