Ok this might seem like a ridiculous question but if you don't ask you don't know and I might learn something along the way. Basically I found a block of land with a really nice view advertised. The advertisement included plans for a house. When I rang the number on the plans to speak to the architect he advised me that the client had submitted the house to council but it had been rejected. The council had requested they get numerous independent soil tests done and indicated that even then they were not inclined to approve it. Now the soil tests aren't great and they rated it a p . It's rocky, on a hill/cliff and has some fill going by the reports. But the view is glorious and there is a house next on the block next door and the block on the other side is also advertised for sale. As stupid as it sounds, is there anyway to get the council to approve the right to build something on the block before buying the place? Obviously the last thing I want is to buy a block and be told I can't build on it, so has anybody encountered a similar situations before? My father in law is a builder and I will get him to ring and speak to the planner and get some more info , but if he gets some favourable news I'd like to know if there is a way to lock something down if possible. Thanks for your input guys!