Drake-Brockman v. Minister for Planning (Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, 2007)
Side A: Drake-Brockman (Individual)
Side B: Minister for Planning (Government)
Challenge to state agency decision approving a concept plan for a mixed-use development project
An Australian state court upheld a state agency decision to approve a concept plan for a mixed-use development project. Applicant challenged the agency decision on three grounds, including the agency's failure to consider ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles in approving the concept plan under the Envrionmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The court held that the agency had considered ESD principles and greenhouse gas emissions when approving the project. A quantitative assessment of GHG emissions was not necessary in this particular case and is not required for every major project.