strategic & master planning

We understand the planning system in NSW and can help you successfully navigate the system. 


our Approach to planning

Good planning positions your organisation and the community for the future. An integrated approach takes into account the vision of your organisation as well as local opportunities and challenges, aligning them to achieve a common outcome for your organisation or the community.

We are experts in both statutory and strategic planning and have experience in issues that arise in a regional context such coastal hazards, environmental impacts, social impacts and economic development. 

Our planning services are led by Steve Thompson along with Cinnamon Dunsford who are qualified planners with extensive experience and knowledge in the NSW planning system.

We can also combine our planning services with our community engagement expertise and grant knowledge – giving us the ability to provide you with holistic and practical solutions. 

For a free and initial discussion about your project, please contact Steve on:

 0419 700 401 


HoW WE CAN HELP you plan

Locale Consulting can assist you with planning by:

/   Delivering urban design and master planning services for streetscape upgrades and public infrastructure projects

/   Developing long-term strategies to guide and inform local environmental plans and development control plans

/   Providing statutory/strategic advice either in-house, as an independent advisor or as part of a dedicated project team

/   Acting as independent reviewer of contentious planning proposals or as part of public land reclassifications

/   Preparing and advising on the interpretation of statutory documents such local environmental plans and development control plans

/   Undertaking a range of statutory functions, such as preparation of development applications, statements of environmental effects, reviews of environmental factors and impact assessments or planning proposals for council projects

/   Assisting with preparing voluntary planning agreements

/   Providing conflict resolution advice to resolve disputes that arise in a development context

Our Work

We deliver practical and outcome based solutions in our projects and for our clients. Below are some recent examples of our planning projects.

You can also find out more about other projects in our complementary service areas.

What our clients say

We have a proven track record working with local councils and not for profit organisations who need help navigating the complexities of the government system. This is what some of our happy clients have to say about us.

This project involved extensive collaboration with both the local community and community leaders across eight unique coastal localities. Locale did a brilliant job of coalescing complex matters into a straightforward document – that we can now use to drive projects and respond to funding opportunities for the Bay & Basin over the next 20 years.

Veronica Husted Bay & Basin Community Financial Services
Veronica Husted

Locale Consulting assisted with the preparation of Wollondilly Council’s Rural Lands Strategy. Locale was always very responsive, communicated clearly with us throughout and had a detailed understanding of rural planning needs. The Strategy needed to comply with very tight deadlines in order to meet the requirements of Council’s Funding Agreements for the project which were all achieved by Locale.

Community leader Wollondilly Shire Council
Community leader

Locale Consulting were personable and reactive to our needs, always providing updates on progress and delivering on time and to a high quality. We have no hesitation in recommending them to others.

Chief Executive Officer The Bundanon Trust
Chief Executive Officer

The museum successfully received funding for a substantial refit of the interior exhibitions, as well as the commencement of the outdoor project. The Strategic Plan your company undertook has been pivotal in supporting our endeavours. We are in essence, gradually making progress through the targets.

Museum Director Jervis Bay Maritime Museum
Museum Director
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