No. When a development application is lodged, you will be notified of the proposed development if your property adjoins the proposed development site. Notification is usually by a letter from your local council. You may be notified by a sign on the proposed development site or a notice in your local newspaper.
The notification will tell you how to object to the development and give you a deadline. It’s crucial that you meet this deadline because the council (or other authority) may not accept your objections after this date. If you wish to seek legal advice, you need to allow your lawyer enough time to investigate and prepare an objection letter before the deadline.
You can also ask for more time to respond by sending a letter or email to the council (or other authority). If they give you an extension, make sure they advise you in writing (by letter or email).