There’s been many a hyperbolic story in the press recently about the new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for Low Rise Medium Density. Without going into detail, the SEPP is an Act of State Parliament that allows Duplexes, Manor Houses and Row (or terrace) Houses, meeting all requirements under the Act, to be built without consent from Local Councils. The thing about the Act is that this type housing can only be built where it’s currently already permitted to be built. Nothing has changed in terms of the development potential of sites, just the approvals path. Read more →
Why are our politicians, city planners and our city’s legislation still pandering to the perceived needs of private car owners, at the absolute cost to the city? This has been embodied in the recent refusal by VCAT of the proposed Nightingale development in Melbourne, which lead to a frisson and broad condemnation within the architectural, urban design professions and not to mention the wider press. The negative attention that this decision received was not unwarranted and it lead me to consider that we really need to now be thinking beyond our current considerations, regardless of the specifics of this decision. Read more →
or a litany of Development Application offences…
I have on occasions patronised a shop that (questionably) humorously displays a sign behind its counter stating:
“Please do not ask for credit as refusal may offend”
I have on many occasions had pause to think that perhaps certain local councils should have a similar sign up in their so called customer service centres:
“Please do not lodge a Development Application as refusal may offend.”
Alternatively, they could bastardise Shakespeare
“How do I refuse thee, let me count the ways…” Read more →
You may have read Michael’s recent post on Amenity here; what it means, and how we value it at Redshift.
I was reading an article recently with some seductive images of a building. It looked great! But, as I started reading and looking at the plans it became apparent that there were internal bedrooms, not just inboard rooms looking through a living room with genuine borrowed light and ventilation but well and truly internal – a conventional hinged door to a windowless room as the second bedroom to a 2 bedroom apartment – imagine a large cupboard.
Admittedly the project was in Melbourne where this seems to be more prevalent and where SEPP 65 and the Residential Flat Design Code (or something like it) are not in force unlike here in NSW, but it prompted me to ask you; the reader, architect, layperson, member of the public, developer or real estate agent, what you think?
Are there circumstances where this is acceptable? Are these “beautiful” buildings that will stand the test of time, or are they our “future slums” (to put it provocatively)?
Are they the result of development pressure, inconsiderate architects, or naive planning controls? How does the market take to them?
We’d love to hear your thoughts, no matter what your background or predisposition.
Ok, so you’ve got a property, or you’ve been looking at one wondering whether you can develop it. How do you determine its potential? Are you interested in trying your hand at becoming a property developer?
You’ve seen other people do it! You’ll need the right advice and the desire to do it but here are a few questions you may have had, answered, to set you off in the right direction.
We went to visit the Lane Cove Apartments late last week, which you will observe from the photographs, are currently under construction. All the external walls are up and they’re currently constructing the roof, which should be completed in the next two to three weeks. It can be a little scary arriving on site to see a massive building at this stage of construction, with the surrounding scaffold making it appear far bulkier than when completed. Read more →