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Chris Pratt, the Principal Consultant at Planning Resolutions, formed Planning Resolutions in late 2004. Planning Resolutions provides a range of services to Government, Councils and developers including:

• Preparation of development applications
• Site feasibility/ highest and best use studies
• Community and stakeholder liaison
• Expert evidence in the Land and Environment Court
• Expert evidence in the Supreme Court
• Pre-purchase development compliance audits
• Mediation services
• Facilitation of the resolution of disputes
• Preparation of rezoning proposals
• Urban Concept Planning
• Locum planning to Government and industry
• Drafting of planning instruments

The services provided by Planning Resolutions combine with an integrated network of local and metropolitan land use sub-consultants to provide specialist comprehensive advice for your project. Planning Resolutions can link you to this affiliated network of consultants to provide professional, cost effective and timely advice for all aspects of your project (civil engineering, flora and fauna assessments, bushfire risk assessments, landscape architecture, contaminated land assessments, traffic analysis).

Planning Resolutions act in accordance with the Australian Planning Institute of Australia Code of Ethics. Planning Resolutions exercise skills and care in providing professional services.

Planning Resolutions maintains Public Liability Insurance cover of $10m and Professional Indemnification Insurance cover of $5m. Copies of insurance policies can be provided on request.

Chris Pratt - Principal Consultant
Chris has over 30 years experience in land use planning in NSW. Chris has a wealth of knowledge and experience in both strategic planning and development control with particular expertise in coastal and rural planning.

Chris has a detailed knowledge of the special land use planning requirements for Council’s on the North Coast having been the Director of Planning at Bellingen Shire Council for eight years, Byron Shire Council for six years and a planning consultant in the Northern Rivers region of NSW for the past ten years.

Chris has extensive experience with the planning values set by the Courts. He has given evidence in Court for both Councils and private clients in a wide range of matters. Chris has been appointed as the sole planning expert for cases. Recently Chris has provided land use planning evidence to both the Queensland and NSW Supreme Courts for large property litigation matters.

While working for Local Government Chris managed over 150 Land and Environment Court cases. Many of these cases were settled by use of alternative dispute resolution methods; negotiation and formal mediation.

Chris has a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution. As such he has gained an Accreditation Certificate in Environmental Mediation (1996) and a Certificate of Accreditation Intermediate-Level Local Government Mediation (2004) both from the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre.

Chris is the immediate past Chair of the Northern NSW Branch of Planning Institute of Australia. Chris was a Committee Member of the NSW Division of the Planning Institute of Australia for nine years and remains active in the activities of the institute.

Chris is a Certified Practising Planner. Certified Practising Planners are recognised by employers, other professionals, governments and the community as identifying leading planning professionals who have the highest professional standards, planning experience and a commitment to keeping pace with community and industry expectations.

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