Development applications are assessed with regard to Section 4.15 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
This includes such matters as:
- The provisions of any relevant planning instruments or Council guidelines (Development Control Plans). The Planning Portal provides an overview of the planning controls and legislation that applies to properties across the State, including the Newcastle LGA
- The likely environmental, social or economic impacts of the development in the locality
- The suitability of the site for the development
- Any submissions made in response to public notification of the development
- The public interest.
Council's document, What you need to know about the Development Application Process provides an explanation of the development assessment process. It explains the determination process, answers frequently asked questions about the role submissions have in the process and may assist you to understand what can appear to be a very technical and complex process.