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Philip Bisset is a town planning and property development expert with more than 20 years’ experience, including work as a qualified town planner before commencing legal practice. The combination of his expert legal qualifications and his town planning experience enables him to work seamlessly with a diverse range of expert consultants.
His experience spans the residential and commercial property, retirement villages and aged care and tourism and leisure sectors.
He specialises in the provision of advice on a range of infrastructure, retail, mixed-use, commercial, residential and coastal projects. He has worked on planning and development approvals, environmental assessments, and advises in regard to a broad range of issues, such as land use regulation, heritage and liquor licensing.
Philip has extensive experience as a solicitor advocate or counsel, or as junior counsel to specialist planning Queen's Counsel, in a range of planning and environmental jurisdictions.
Philip authors alerts for clients on environment and planning developments and issues in Victoria.
He is a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association, the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Law Institute of Victoria.
Providing ongoing advice to Boral on planning approvals for quarries (Lawnton, Yatala, Roseneath, North Ipswich, Moy Pocket, Mackay (Cedars), Tannum Sands, Redlynch, Redbank Plains and Purga quarries) and conversions of quarries to residential areas (Lawnton), infrastructure contribution levies and greenhouse reporting requirements.
Advised Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening, one of the largest infrastructure projects conducted by the Victorian Government in recent times, seen as critical to the Port and Australia's position in global shipping. As key advisers to the Port of Melbourne Corporation, we advised on many aspects of the project, including the Supplementary Environmental Effects Statement and managed the public hearing process Federal Court litigation over the Federal Government's environmental approval for the dredging, cultural and Aboriginal heritage issues, relocation of essential infrastructure under the Yarra River, the resolution of the alliance dredging contract, and land tenure issues relating to land assets affected by the project.