Obejcting to Development Applications in NSW

We'll help you oppose a development application with our competitively costed, fixed fee legal service.

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Are you worried about your neighbour's building plans?

Do you feel overwhelmed by NSW property development processes?

Are you uncertain about what to do next?

Dominic Nguyen

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We're property development lawyers in NSW, helping residential and commercial property owners protect their legal, personal and commercial interests. We prepare development application objection letters at fixed, competitive rates.


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Are your neighbour's property development plans threatening to disrupt your enjoyment of your home? Compromise your privacy? Or damage your property?

If you're concerned about a development application in NSW, understanding where to get help can make a big difference to the outcome. Engaging a top property and development lawyer is one of the smartest decisions you'll make. Our legal team are experts in preparing comprehensive submissions to oppose development applications.

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Our success stories

We've successfully opposed and objected to many development applications in NSW successfully.
Here are just a few examples:

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Objection to a childcare centre

Our client, a residential property owner, contacted us to object to a development application for a childcare centre. The proposal was to demolish an existing building and construct a new two-storey structure with car parking, signage and other construction works. Our client was concerned that the development:

  • Would cause a decrease in property value
  • Was incompatible with the residential area
  • Would create issues with privacy, noise, and traffic congestion

We reviewed the application and considered the issues. Then, we prepared a ten-page objection letter outlining concerns including zoning, site suitability, noise, location, outdoor areas, design, plant and landscaping and property value. We submitted the objection before the closing date. After considering the issues, the council refused development approval for the proposed childcare centre.

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Objection to a 13-room boarding house

Our client, a homeowner, was notified of a development application for the neighbouring property. The proposed development included:

  • Demolition of the existing house
  • Construction of a 13-room boarding house
  • Construction of a manager's house
  • Construction of a communal room

Our client was concerned that the new development would be much bigger than the existing home and would create privacy and parking issues. We reviewed the development application as well as the Local Environmental Plan and other plans. We prepared a nine-page objection letter outlining concerns about the impact on heritage conservation areas, boundary setbacks, building height, solar access, privacy, and parking. We submitted the letter before the closing date. After considering the issues, the council refused the development application.

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Objection to the renovation of an existing house

Our client, a homeowner, was notified of a development application for the neighbouring property. The proposed development included:

  • Zoning
  • Heritage
  • Building height
  • Unsympathetic design
  • Over-development
  • Traffic
  • Solar access
  • Privacy
  • Noise
  • Inappropriate roof design
  • Property value

We submitted the letter before the closing date, and the council considered the issues. It decided that the application would be approved only with significant alterations and conditions.


We understand that opposing a development application in NSW is an expense which you'd rather avoid. The prospect of unknown legal fees may also cause you significant stress and uncertainty. So we offer a fixed price for preparing and submitting an objection letter.

Even better, we won't invoice you for expenses including phone calls, faxes, postage and photocopying. Why? Because they're our costs, not yours.

Fixed price objection letter

  • Reviewing the documents and relevant council instruments
  • Requesting any outstanding documents
  • Seeking your instructions
  • Liaising with town planners
  • Considering any non-compliances
  • Drafting detailed submissions for your objection letter
  • Submitting the objection letter on your behalf
  • Reporting to you

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Let us take away the stress of opposing a development application in NSW. Contact us to find out how to take advantage of our fixed fee.

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