Navigating the labyrinth of legislation on your way to a building approval can be a nightmare – that’s where our experienced town planners enter.
In addition to design and drafting specialists, our in-house team includes expert town planners who know what approvals will be required from which relevant governing body.
Our aim is to make your life easier so we navigate the approval process for you and are available to answer all your questions as they arise.
We complete the paperwork, write the reports, provide the submissions for Development Applications and Complying Development Certificates and offer a solid and reliable point of contact for councils and other bodies.
As well as taking the pain out of obtaining approvals, our town planning services are driven to ensure the spaces we create are economically efficient and environmentally responsible.
Over either a phone call or face-to-face meeting in our Pyrmont office, we'll ask some basic questions about your project and what you're hoping to achieve. From this we'll formulate a quote outlining our plan of attack.
In order to make obtaining approval and construction as smooth and hassle-free as possible, our town planners are involved from concept design to building Approval and prepare all documents for Council submission.
Tapping into the relationships we have built with the local councils and authorities across Sydney, we clear the path to construction by negotiating directly with council or the approving body on your behalf.
"Couldn't recommend anyone higher; thank you Arana for helping us design our dream home. It has been such an enjoyable process & the Development Application has run smoothly. Norrsken genuinely cares about our vision & helping us achieve it."
"I had the wonderful opportunity to work along side Arana and her incredible team. It was a great eye opener to the world of residential design. With over 17 years in the industry, Norrsken Kolektiv possess the know how to move your design forward to completion. All the while keeping cool, calm and collected. I highly recommend Norssken Kolektiv for your next residential building project."
"Arana and I have worked on some huge projects together over the years (commercial, residential, government, healthcare) and there's no one I'd trust more than her and the awesome team at Norrsken to take care of my next project. Norrsken cater to a niche business sector that sits midway between architectural drafting and formal architecture which is frankly the best option for savvy urban householders who know what they want and are after a practical solution to their space problems. Alex, the Town Planner, knows his stuff, and makes DA's a non issue. Thanks guys for your help!"
"Very impressed with their level of professionalism."
"They just knew exactly what we wanted and needed. Could not recommend them highly enough. Great staff to work with. Innovative and fresh ideas."
"They are amazing designers that really listened to what we wanted, and communicated well through the whole process. Highly recommend and would go back to them again next time we build. Went to Norrsken on a recommendation and have been thrilled by the outcome. We have a difficult development and Alex was able to carry us through the mire of council paperwork and forms. Our previous planner had told us we would have no chance, and today we are building our dream house with only very minor alterations to the original plan."
"These guys made working with the council a breeze! They are amazing and deliver on time."
"Best town planners around! They really know how to work with the council. Recommend these guys to anyone."
"We had the privilege of sitting in on a presentation conducted to residential clients with the Norrsken & Hülle&Fülle team, and I speak for all those in attendance when I say they were phenomenal. Not only did they know their product, they understood the needs of the client perfectly. The concepts they presented were an outstanding example of why you pay professionals to handle the design stage. I thought that what set their offering apart was that the town planner weighed in on the concepts and offered his appraisal of pros, cons etc. All in all, an impressive outfit, and ill be recommending them without hesitation."
"I've worked with Arana since 2007 on some exciting architectural projects. Pushing the boundaries of domestic design, she leaves beautiful and sophisticated architecture wherever she goes. With years of experience pen in hand and feet on site, she knows how successful projects run and can anticipate possible issues, overcoming them professionally. I trust her with my projects, referring clients and friends to her with their design and drafting needs."
Town Planners work predominantly in the building and development industry, in both the private and public sectors.
Town Planners generally hold a Bachelor’s degree level of education, and although the profession encompasses many different facets, touching on many different industries, the average, garden variety Town Planner often specialises in building, development and environmental legislation, policy, processes, and local government rules and regulations.
Whilst it may seem an excess, the benefit of a Town Planner working on your project is the strategic prowess they should bring, that will carry the approvals process forward. Their niche lies in their experience and knowledge and the subsequent ability to navigate the increasingly complex regulatory world of building and development.
Their vitality, however, comes from their skill of being able to highlight the potential difficulties of a development, and identify how a development proposal can be amended to reduce unnecessary risk and lessen your potential exposure to a refused Application.
Town Planners frequently work with Architects and Building Designers, and are the lynchpin behind the regulatory side of a project; connecting and arranging consultants, and managing the compliance of a development, whilst the Architect or Building Designer look after your beautiful new house design.
A Pre-DA Meeting is an Application that is made to the local Council to receive feedback on their views of a preliminary design concept.
The Pre-DA assessment relies on concept plans or sketches, usually with less supporting documentation than a full Development Application, and is not exposed to the scrutiny of a full assessment by the local Council.
The intent of the applicant in the process is to receive direction and how to best proceed with the concept design, whilst the intent of the Council is to provide a ‘without prejudice’ evaluation of the concept design.
The outcome for both the applicant and the local Council is to minimise potentially contentious parts of a concept design before a full assessment is carried out through the regular Development Application process.
The whole process is comparable to a soft launch of a product, to see how it will be received, and what improvements need to be made for a more beneficial outcome.
You can read about more about the advantages and disadvantages of a Pre-DA here.