Town Planner recommendations - Newcastle Council

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  1. Lizzie

    Lizzie Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. RyanB

    RyanB Well-Known Member

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    Have dealt with Daly Smith and found them to be excellent
     
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  3. Eyespy

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    How did you get on with this Lizzie. Looking for my own recommendation too.
     
  4. Lizzie

    Lizzie Well-Known Member

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    Ended up just knocking it down and starting again. Builder reckoned it would cost more to reno than build new ... so we're building a similar heritage style house, but with all the mod cons like in floor heating, proper insulation etc ... and everything is now straight, square, new and compliant
     
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    Very sensible Lizzie
     
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    craigc Well-Known Member

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    And a government chip-in to the costs too ;)
     
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    Lizzie Well-Known Member

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    First "anything" back from the government ever ... no first homeowner grant, no stamp duty exemption, no family benefits, no unemployment ... no nuffin'
     
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    Ditto

    Delighted will get $60,000 government grant for my 3 villa development. This grant only applies in WA
     
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