Like an episode of ‘Grand Designs’, the Northern Illawarra could soon have it’s own ‘tiny house’.
Wollongong Council has received a Development Application to build on what is, and has always been, a laneway between Annesley Avenue and Bendeena Gardens at Stanwell Tops.
The lane is just over six meters wide and is currently in use as a thoroughfare. Neighbouring homes have structures (garages) which back on to and are accessed by this land.
Now, Council has received a DA for the property with plans to build a split-level, long, narrow, timber home (128.7 m2) that runs the length of the block/laneway.
Ten properties are set to lose their rear-lane access. Many say their deeds entitle them to use the land as a carriageway.
Enquiries are being made as to how the land went from laneway to building block under the noses of local residents.
A campaign has been launched to stop the construction, with locals saying squeezing a home onto such a tiny block sets a dangerous precedent for development in the area.
The letter reads:- “The proposed dwelling is completely out of character and scale for the neighbourhood. Approving such a cramped and impractical dwelling would be unprecedented for our area and may serve to encourage further unscrupulous development of inappropriate land in our fragile environment.”
A Wollongong Council spokesperson says they’re also investigating the history of the land.
“Wollongong City Council is currently assessing the Development Application (DA 2018/214).
“As part of this process Council will consider the legal right of access related to adjoining properties. Should people wish to comment on the DA they can do so by Wednesday 21 March.”
Anyone wishing to have a say on the Development Application (DA-2018/214) should do so at www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au BEFORE March 21.