Octagon Planning is a small consultancy that provides professional and affordable town planning services for developers, architects and authorities.

We’re based in Lake Macquarie but work on projects across New South Wales. We have significant experience within the Central Coast, Hunter Region and Greater Sydney.

We’ve experienced the Development Application process from both sides of the counter, having both lodged and assessed hundreds of applications.

We combine Council experience with small business sensibility to provide you with flexible options that fit your budget and schedule.




Feasibility and Options

Analysis of development potential: site characteristics, site context, planning controls and constraints.

Development Applications

Planning reports, lodgement and project management services for fast and hassle-free DAs.…


Preparation of Planning Proposals for rezoning applications and other amendments to LEPs.

Development Assessment

Independent and impartial assessment of Development Applications for New South Wales councils.

Design Review

Drafting design guidelines and assessing architectural and landscape plans against the controls.

Visual Impact Assessment

Detailed analysis of a development's impact on the built and natural landscape.

CPTED Reports

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), aka Safer By Design in NSW…

Heritage Planning

Our registered heritage consultant prepares Statements of Heritage Impact (SOHI) for developments…


Over the years we’ve assessed hundreds of development applications and house designs for councils and large developers. We understand the difficulty of balancing tight budgets with fast approvals. With this in mind, we offer three services specifically for architects and building designers.


We check your documentation against relevant legislation and council requirements and provide you with a list of what’s missing.


We provide you with an editable document template including all relevant legislation and council requirements plus a checklist of required documentation.


We write the Statement of Environmental Effects while you take care of design, documentation and lodgment.


A selection of our favourite projects


Nicola Stainton