COUNCIL PLANNING INSTRUMENTS – ‘VARIATION TO THE DCP’
With the majority of our projects we are involved with the management of the development application process. We believe ultimately the purpose of the development control guidelines and planning instruments are essentially there to promote good design and planning.
With every project, each site brings their own unique qualities such as views, natural topography and existing constraints. There are times a variation to the design guidelines maybe necessary to achieve a better outcome for both our client and their adjoiining neighbours.
In order to consider variations from the various planning instruments, we think it is important to be transparent and visually demonstrate its impact. For instance, some councils have side building envelope control to manage the bulk and scale of a proposal, a solution that may breech this control yet have a larger setback in certain sections in order to achieve a better outcome for both the client and the adjoining neighbours. A good example is in high density areas with poor orientation often requires a special attention to adjoining windows which may require solar access reviewed on a hourly basis at various times of the year and internal solar access analysis.
A good example is a our Queens Park house which the side setback follows the existing line of the side setback on the northern boundary which does not comply with Waverley Council requirements. However the southern side setback is larger to improve the amenities to the neighbouring property. The end result is a solution that satisfies our clients requirements yet protects the solar access to its neighbours.
Queens Park House by Architect studioJLA – Waverley Council