CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES ON 16 UNIT DEVELOPMENT UNDER AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING 2009 SEPP

CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES ON 16 UNIT DEVELOPMENT UNDER AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING 2009 SEPP

McCullum Ashby Architects are very happy to see that the construction has commenced on this project with the concrete slabs for the rear 2 buildings poured this week.  This followed Council rapid approval of the development application within 3 months from the date our plans were lodged. Demonstrating that well designed and documented DA’s can minimise issues with Council and speed up the approval process.

Our client is extremely happy that we achieved 16 units on 2,300sqm  which was made up of 14x 2 bedroom 70sqm = 2x 1 bedroom. All car parking is on grade to reduce construction costs and time-frame for the build. The client has to only hold 20% of the development or 4 units as affordable rental for 10 years due to the total floor space of 1,142sqm or 0.50:1 ratio. The rest can be sold as strata title immediately.  If the client chose to sell the last 4 units they would have a restriction on their rental return until the 10 year period is up.

The Affordable Rental Housing SEPP allows development on properties in some low density areas which are either 400m from a qualifying bus stop or 800m from a railway station as long as the sites are zoned to permit the type of development proposed.  The types of development can include In-fill Development, Granny flats/ secondary dwellings, new generation boarding houses, Social Housing, Group Homes, Supportive Housing.

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Slabs poured – February 2014

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Framing being erected – May 2014