Clause:1 is a specialised town planning consultancy dedicated to assisting property developers, architects, building designers, business applicants and other regular users navigate the increasing complexity of Victoria's State and Local Planning Controls.

Our experienced team works across both metropolitan and regional Victoria and provides a comprehensive list of planning services for a diverse range of clients.

Our Team

AT Ashley Thompson, Director

In 2004 Ashley founded Clause: 1 Planning. He currently holds a position on the Planning Advisory Committee of the Building Designers Association of Victoria, regularly presents at industry forums and contributes to industry publications on matters of town planning.  Ashley provides advice and services relating to planning scheme amendments, panel hearings, development projects and VCAT representation on a variety of projects across the state.

DB David Bayley, Senior Planner

With more than 12 years in statutory and strategic planning roles throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK David’s experience makes a valuable addition to any project team. His extensive planning knowledge and unparalleled diligence ensures his clients receive the highest quality advice and service. David regularly provides pre-development advice, planning permit and VCAT services in association with a large volume of our major projects and clients.

FC Fleur Clausen, Office Manager

Fleur provides administrative support to our planners including liaison with clients, Councils and VCAT. Fleur’s has previously held roles within the Victorian Government and the predecessor to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She is responsible for implementing our office systems and the efficient collation & disbursement of information.



Clause 1 offers a diverse range of services to both the private and public sectors, architects, building designers, developers, builders and business operators. Following is a selection of clients and end-users that reflect the diversity of Clause 1’s experience and expertise:

  • Australian Medical Association Victoria
  • Burbank Homes
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Crittenden Estate Wines
  • Urbayne Homes
  • Port Phillip City Council
  • Yarra Valley Water
  • Signwave
  • Pro-Quest Homes
  • Porter Davis Homes
  • Reece Plumbing
  • IGA Supermarkets
  • Birkenstock Australia
  • Shangyi Developments
  • Building Designers Association of Victoria
  • Catholic Education Commission
  • Fasham Homes
  • Victorian Department of Housing
  • Master Builders Assoc.
  • My Chemist
  • Urbayne Homes
  • Johns Lyng Group
  • Hume City Council
  • Caltex
  • Aldi Supermarkets
  • JG King Homes
  • and many, many more…


Clause 1 Planning or our senior staff enjoy membership of the following industry leading associations:  
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Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association   Urban Design Institute of Australia  Building Designers Association of Victoria