The client sought to undertake a full fit-out of an existing building and commence using the tenancy as a bank. CS were consulted to assist the client to determine whether the work required a planning application.
The team at CS assist Lendlease and ANZ in opening new branches in established cities such as this one in George Street in Brisbane. We were brought in as consultants on the project to establish whether the work required a planning application. The application was for ANZ to conduct a fit-out of the building and commence using the tenancy as a bank. Through our expert planning knowledge and research, we determined that the proposal qualified for a development approval exemption as there was no increase to gross floor area, and the nature of the business was to remain as retail, the same as the existing use of the building. Therefore, the works were able to commence without the need for a planning application which substantially decreased the time and cost of this project for ANZ and Lend lease.