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About Turnbull Planning International

Turnbull Planning International Pty Limited (TPI) is a mid sized urban planning firm, providing high quality advice to private clients and public agencies in a cost effective manner.

We are not frightened to decline a brief in circumstances where we are unable to support a particular development scheme. We highly value our professional integrity and our reputation as independent consultants.

TPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pierre Le Bas, the Principal of the firm, has many years of experience in the profession and formal qualifications as an urban planner, geographer and lawyer. Pierre is a former Chair of the Scouts Australia Property Committee and a former member of the Board of Scouts Australia.

TPI works on behalf of a range of clients both in Australia and the United States and actively seek to avoid perceived or real conflicts of interest. Under the  Planning Insitute of Australia Code of Professional Conduct, we are unable to work on a contingency or success basis.

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Residential Development Applications

If you need approval from the Council or another approval body (such as a ‘principle certifying authority’) to a development you have in mind, eg for adding another room, building a new house on your residential land, adding a storey to your existing house, subdividing your residential (or rural) land, or even simply undertaking a minor boundary adjustment, call us and we can give you an outline of what will be required for your application and whether it is feasible or even possible in a legal/planning context.

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Commercial and Industrial Development Applications

If you need approval from the Council or another approval body (such as a ‘principle certifying authority’) to a commercial type development you have in mind, eg for building a warehouse complex, applying to use an existing industrial or commercial property for a particular purpose, e.g. a medical centre, gym, café, restaurant or other retail premises, call us and we can give you an outline of what will be required for your application.

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Pierre Le Bas

Pierre Le Bas

Director & Legal Counsel

Pierre (Peter) has been working as a planner for over 30 years and has considerable experience in providing consulting services to both the private sector and on behalf of a number of government agencies.

Dr Ian Ellis-Jones

Special Counsel

Ian is an experienced lawyer (specialising in local government law, environmental planning law, administrative law, and mental health law), educator and trainer.

Wayne Treble

Seniors Associate

Wayne works with us as a consultant and has many years of experience as both a BCA expert and as a planner. Wayne is a former member of the Pittwater Development Unit.

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