If you’re feeling overwhelmed or drowning in endless paperwork and compliance, you’re not alone. The planning system is complex and can be frustrating for homeowners.
Putting together a development application for a New Home can be extremely hard and tiring and dealing with council can be a nightmare, not to mention the whole process can be very expensive in both time and money. Plus, we’re pretty sure, you have better things to do… That’s where we fit in!
It’s what we do, all day, everyday. With a team of 10+ highly knowledgeable and experienced town planners, property consultants, registered architect and draftsman we’re pretty good at what we do.
Environmental impacts– Environmental impacts such as stormwater drainage, bushfire vulnerability, and steep slopes must be carefully considered.
Building envelope – You have fantastic ideas for your New home or extension to your home, and you want to maximise internal living space by maximising building height. However, your neighbour strongly disagrees even though their house is much higher than your proposal. How can you deal with this in order to achieve your desired outcome while limiting potential impact on your neighbours?
Floor space ratio – Your New Home site is in a recently approved subdivision whereby future dwellings on individual lots do not require further council approval as long as you meet the stipulated floor space ratio. You want a bigger house. How would you go about getting an approval for a larger New Home on a site which has a set floor space ratio limit?
House extension – You have personally gone to the trouble of notifying your neighbours about your future DA for New Home extension and your neighbours don’t seem to mind. However, when council publicly notifies your proposed extension, all your neighbours formally object. Council invites you to respond to those objections, but you are not sure on the best response especially as they are your friendly neighbours?
Heritage items – You want to extend your New Home, however it is listed as a heritage item or falls within a conservation zone. What are the planning rules for extending onto a heritage item? What information would you need to provide with your application? What is the most appropriate design which would cause the least impact?
Stormwater – Your site happens to be located over a council drain; the survey and stormwater report you provided to council with your DA for the new house did not pick this up. Council wants to refuse your DA. How do you address these issues whilst getting the DA back on track to enable a positive determination from council?
We understand that getting to the point of having the right approval for your New Home is not an easy journey. It’s one that needs the best experience the industry has to offer. That’s why we’re here to help… We’d love to make your council approval journey for a New Home simple and as pain-free as possible.
We’ve worked on hundreds of New Home approvals and have dedicated town planners and designers that specialise in this type of development application.
You can glean from the wisdom we’ve gained from all of our past projects. 25 years of being in the industry and our 50 consecutive years of experience have taught us a few things.
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I initially had many conversations with council, mates, and builders who all seemed to provide more confusion rather than solutions. When I contacted the council directly they told me I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. Then a builder told me it would be too difficult and even my friends told me I should just sell the property and move on… Well, I am glad I found Council Approval Group… They got me my DA approval on the first lodgement!
“We received our DA approval within 3 months, just like what they have communicated at the start of the process. It is a great pleasure to work with the team. I would highly recommend them to anyone that is applying for a DA.”
To get that success rate it has only come after helping over 14,000 people. We’ve worked hard to smooth out all the kinks before they appear by carrying out this Preliminary Planning Assessment (PPA) on your property. It works a treat, especially for what it can do for you, the journey of the project and its future.
We could make up a fantasied timeframe to wow you, but to be straight up the length of getting an approval is dependent on the project development type, the local council, who examines your application within council, location of the property within the local council and on the property itself, and the list goes on. The approval process will no doubt take longer than you expect because we are dealing with administrative red tape.
But what our team has done has studied the 14,000+ applications we have been involved in and analysed the 300+ flight years of team council approval experience to create a formidable system.
So to answer the question, how long does it take for us to get council approval? The fastest in our industry.
We have over 20 team members lead by our founder Max Fragar with his 50 consecutive years of town planning and council approval knowledge. The team is made up of skilled town planners, property consultants and designers that we have hand picked to work on your project. It turns out that we’ve had over 300 collective years of experience working and dealing with local government councils.
What does this mean for you? One word, streamline. We know how to talk the council lingo, can perceive even predict the ins and outs of those council hoops of fire, and understand the nitty gritty to work tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for our clients and their projects.
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Our firm currently has the capacity to assist clients with projects located across New South Wales and Victoria. We anticipate being able to offer our services to other states in the near future.
Hold tight, Australia wide coming soon!
Get ready, this could be the best decision you’ll make in the lifetime of your property portfolio.
If you’re looking at a property or already own one and you’re serious about making the property work harder for you, the next step is to book a free 30 minute consultation to speak to one of our property consultants.
In this initial discussion you’ll help us to understand the seriousness of your intent about moving forward with your property plans and to see if we’re the right fit for each other.