Mayor Townsend: Stop Pittwater Council wasting ratepayer funds!

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For the past six years I have been letting out a cabin in my back garden, unaware I was breaching Council regulations as it was approved as a ‘studio’ rather than a ‘secondary dwelling’.

New neighbours moved in next-door, researched the status of the studio and lodged a complaint with Council.

The dwelling was subsequently approved as compliant as a secondary dwelling adhering to the Building Code of Australia by a qualified Private Certifier. Approval of the ‘change of use’ application should have been forthcoming from Council.

However, the report to Council by the Council planner contained critical errors and (even though Council were made aware of these errors) the application was refused.

I was forced to spend a further $5000 on a new Development Application providing a more detailed certification with drawings and explanations.

Unbelievably, this second application (DA N0347/15 ) has been recommended for refusal by an inexperienced planner based on an arbitrary opinion that it is too small for 'habitation'. 

The building is BCA compliant and fits the NSW State Government's criteria of a secondary dwelling and fits the affordable housing criteria.

I believe this subjective reason for refusal has been made to appease my  neighbours who have aggressively lobbied Council in order to get their own way.

I am a single Senior, as a result of this situation with Council I have been forced to sell my family home of 15 years, and have accumulated debt trying resolve the issue. I have accepted an offer on the property but now settlement is in jeopardy because of this prejudiced approach by Council. 

Should Council proceed with refusal, I will be forced to take the matter to Land & Environment Court in order to complete the sale on my house.

This is a ridiculous waste of ratepayer funds and will cause me severe ongoing financial hardship - when there is absolutely no reason for refusal.

Please help me by signing my petition to let Council know this misuse of Council authority is unacceptable and they should adhere to law and approve DA N0347/15.

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