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Sharnie Belle

Special Counsel

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I advise private and public sector organisations on all aspects of planning and environmental law, administrative law, compulsory acquisitions and local governance.

I specialise in all aspects of planning and environmental law, including land use and development, environmental assessments for major projects, judicial review of development approvals, compulsory acquisition matters, pollution and environment protection licensing matters, waste, contaminated land management and local governance.

I have particular expertise in advising on approvals for major projects, the application of the transitional provisions for Part 3A, State Significant development, other forms of Part 4 development (including exempt and complying development), Part 5 development and the compulsory acquisition of land by public authorities.

I have extensive advisory and litigation experience in both New South Wales and Victoria. My litigation experience in New South Wales includes:

  • proceedings in the Land and Environment Court comprising:
    • Class 1 (including objector) appeals;
    • Class 3 (compulsory acquisition) appeals; and
    • Class 4 (including judicial review) appeals.
  • appeals from the Land and Environment Court to the Court of Appeal;
  • special leave applications to the High Court; and
  • proceedings in the Equity division of the Supreme Court.

Australia YMCI Pty Ltd — advising YMCI in relation to the delivery of a priority precinct which will see the developer deliver approximately 4000 apartments, a school and public open space in the Homebush area.

GPT — advised GPT in relation to the redevelopment of the Rouse Hill Town Centre, including advising in relation to master-planning of the Town Centre and preparation of necessary development applications.

Lendlease — advised Lendlease in relation to the procurement of all necessary planning approvals for the redevelopment of the Barangaroo site including the concept plan, major project and State significant development approvals as well as numerous modifications to those approvals. I have also advised in relation to the planning and zoning controls that apply to Barangaroo and in effecting changes to the applicable planning controls and legislation to facilitate the redevelopment.

Lendlease — advised Lendlease on the redevelopment of the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP), including the procurement of all necessary major project planning and development approvals for the entertainment core facilities precinct. I also advised on the delivery of the mixed use Haymarket Precinct, involving a new mixed use urban neighbourhood, community facilities, creative workplaces and a public square In addition, I advised on obtaining approvals for a new hotel tower in the northern sector of the precinct.

McDonalds Australia — provided planning and environmental advice to McDonalds to assist the carrying out of site risk assessments for sites that are proposed to be acquired and developed by McDonalds, including advising in relation to site planning and permissibility of development, the applicable development controls, environmental regulation, contamination and remediation and heritage requirements.

NSW Government agencies — advised various NSW government agencies in relation to proposed developments for their own facilities as well as for developments affecting their facilities and assets. I have acted for RMS in numerous compulsory acquisition appeals to the Land and Environment Court, and on appeal to the Court of Appeal and in a Special Leave Application to the High Court. I also acted for RailCorp in planning merit appeal proceedings in order to protect its rail assets. In addition, I advised a NSW government agency in relation to the independent assessment of approximately 75 claims for compensation totalling over $80 million following the cancellation of a major infrastructure project.

Practice Areas

Environment & Planning






Property and Commercial Development

Retirement Village


Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), University of Sydney

Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales