Can anyone recommend a Town Planner that has dealt with NCC before? It's not a tricky issue, I've spoken at length with the council Duty/Assessment Officer and could probably tackle it myself, but think it might be safer to engage someone who knows the right wording. We've got a 100 year old house on a narrow/deep block (rear lane access) that we were going to renovate extensively as it appears structurally sound (level flooring etc) - however - due to the real possibility of internal termite damage that we wouldn't find until gutted (both neighbours had extensive termites) - the cost of completely gutting (asbestos roof, wavy wall coverings, water damaged ceilings) and re-configuring to a more functional internal layout, ie moving windows/walls and trying to fill the weatherboard/timber flooring holes - we've decided the best option would be to simply knock down and re-build like-for-like on the same footprint. Same style frontage - slightly lower height, same external cladding etc The issue is, because it's a "new" build, we would be too close to the boundaries at 785mm where LEP is 900 - I know - 2-300mm doesn't sound like much but it's a 10m wide block so every centimetre counts. Assessment Officer was adamant that the LEP was a guideline only and that if we wrote a blurb addressing each of the "performance criteria" to justify our build, consistent with the local style, same footprint etc, then it should get a passed no problems. Hence, would like someone that can write a page or two with wording that tickles the council's fancy and presses the right buttons - for a reasonable price.