Making a Submission

Community participation in the application process can result in better community outcomes. If you would like to make a comment on an application that has been placed on notification after viewing the information provided in the Application Tracker and reading the document 'What you need to know about the Development Application Process' (PDF) comments should be sent to by 5pm on the nominated closing date for submissions.

When making a submission in the form of an objection, you should clearly specify the grounds on which you are objecting and the impact the proposed development may have on your property, street or community such as bulk, scale, privacy and solar access.

For example, identifiying overshadowing as an issue allows that impact to be considered in the assessment, whereas simply stating you object to the development because 'it is big' does not identify the impact of the proposed development on your property, street or community.

Comments will be considered within the legal framework established by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and related planning documents including the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Newcastle Development Control Plan 2012.

This framework grants developing landowners certain entitlements, for example it may be that the zoning of the land permits industrial development provided that the development complies with City of Newcastle’s planning controls.

Extended exhibition for the holiday period

The notification/exhibition process for applications on notification is outlined in CN's Community Participation Plan (CPP) (PDF). In accordance with the CPP, notification periods are extended to allow for the holiday period. The period between 20 December and 10 January (inclusive) is excluded from the calculation of a period of public exhibition.