May 19, 2020 10:03 pm
We are looking at a block of land which has the following restriction on the plan of subdivision — referencing part c) of Restriction C.
As this is a corner lot, and we wish to build a double storey, this restriction is quite worrying — especially as we wish to build with a volume builder who likely won’t be able to set back the wall of the first floor from the ground floor, as described.
Has anyone had any experience with this restriction? It seems to be fairly common for corner blocks. Is there an easy way to get written approval (as outlined) from the council without doing a formal application to amend the covenant? It sounds like simple written approval can be sought.
I am just wondering if anyone has an idea of how likely the council is to approve something like this / an easy way to get the written approval before committing to the block.
Alternatively, the wording does make it sound like it has to be the top floor wall that is setback from the ground floor wall, but are there any creative ways that would meet the needs of the restriction (ie. a portion of the wall coming out 900mm as required, or articulation through verandah with eaves of at least 900mm)?
Trying to get some further information from council, but would like to hear of other people’s experience with this one
Re: Corner Lot — Double Storey Setback5
Nov 15, 2020 7:55 am
I'd go into the council and ask to see a town planner. They may have some suggestions. It is a pretty common type of council guideline. Ours stipulates a side boundary envelope of 4m up from the boundary then a line 45º in from that. What that means is that for a standard 2.4m ceiling for two levels and a side setback of 900mm on a level block then the side wall of the first floor can be pretty much in line with the side wall of the ground floor. With 2.7m ceilings or on slightly sloping blocks you have to inset the side wall of the first floor 450-900mm depending on the slope of the land. We have that all around us here on the Northern beaches. In saying that I have argued successfully on a number of occasions for clients DA's to waive this rule, but these were for existing blocks of land and not new subdivisions.
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