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Moving house to side of property allowed?

Discussion in 'Development' started by Chode, 7th Jul, 2015.

  1. Chode

    Chode Member

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    Hi there,

    We have a house that currently sits on our 850sqm block in the suburbs of Brisbane. It's a typical rectangular shaped block with approx 20m street frontage and 40m depth. The property has been approved for subdivision (1 into 2) in the past with different owners but for whatever reason they didn't get around to it and the approval recently expired.

    Our plan is to sit on the land for 5-10 years and then sell the second block but in the mean time we want to get rid of the house currently on the property and get a new (well, old QLDer) house placed on the side of the lot in anticipation for a subdivision in a few years. ie we want the new house sited so that when we decide to split the land in future the house will already sit in the confines of a single narrow (10m x 20m) block.

    Essentially we are trying to avoid paying all the associated upfront costs of splitting the land and then all the on-going costs (two lots of council rates for example).

    One of the negatives of not splitting the land first is we would have to adhere to the code for houses on lots over 450sqm which would require a greater boundary clearance than a house on a small block. However we think we can work with this as we've found a house that is only 7 metres wide.

    My question is: Is there any reason council wouldn't allow us to site our house on one side of the existing property instead of in the middle? Nothing in the code seems to say you can't but I'm no expert and thought someone out there might know.

    Cheers
     
  2. AndrewTDP

    AndrewTDP Urban Planning Consultant Business Member

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    As long as you meet setbacks then it's fine.
     
  3. RPI

    RPI Property Lawyer, Town Planner Business Member

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    Demolishing the existing house could be an issue, but the siting of the new one just has to comply. Generally 1m side setback and then 20% average of your nearest pre-1946 houses
     
  4. Chode

    Chode Member

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    Thanks for the replies Andrew and RPI.

    RPI could you elaborate why you think the removal (not demolishment in case there's a difference in BCC eyes) would be an issue. The house was supposedly built in 1960.

    Also, what does "20% average of your nearest pre-1946 houses" mean?

    Cheers,