We always recommend that all of our clients sign up to https://www.planningalerts.org.au/ which is a website that will send you email notifications if someone was to lodge a development application within a certain proximity of your address.
Their website tells the story perfectly: You’d probably know if your next-door neighbour was going to knock their house down. But you might live in blissful ignorance that your favorite old cinema or pub five streets away will never reopen because its going be converted into luxury flats, until the bulldozers turned up that is.
What to do if someone lodges an application that you have concerns about? Well, you can always lodge a public submission opposing or supporting the proposal to Local Council and we can assist in that process.