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Weir, M. (1996). When does land "relate to" a development application? North Sydney Council v Ligon 302 Pty Ltd. High court review, 2, 8 pp.



A development application normally relates to land which is wholly within the control of the developer. Complications arise when an aspect of the proposal, for example access or a buffer area, requires some use of adjoining land which is not within the developer's control. If the developer is obliged to obtain the prior consent of the owner of the adjoining land in all cases, there will be a significant impact upon the development potential of land. The High Court will be considering the issue on 20 June 1996. Their decision may clarify the position in NSW, with implications for other jurisdictions.