But that wasn’t to be and for more than 40 years, these blocks have remained uninhabitable.
When the 21 lots were sold, pre-1970, the two-hectare subdivision rules were in place and a ‘country dwelling’ was OK on the land. But in 1971, the minimum lot size increased, meaning the owners could no longer build on their blocks. And it’s been that way ever since, until now.
The ruling also affected a block of land in Undola Rd at Helensburgh, which was bought from council in 1965 and has also never been built on. Council wants to buy that back too.
There has been no mention of compensation for the families who have paid mortgages and rates on this un-useable land for the past five decades.