CASE STUDIES IN DUAL OCCUPANCY AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT
AuARCHITECTURE SUCCESS STORIES- WE WIN WHERE OTHERS FAIL.
AuArchitecture is a town planning and architecture studio with a track record of winning planning permits for dual occupancy, medical centre and difficult sites.
Our client bought a difficult site at Murumbeena for $1.3 million which unknown to them had a storm water drain bisecting the property. We secured planning approval for two large duplex units. They sold the property with planning permits for $1,550,000.00.The neighbour next door applied for a duplex through a different firm and got refused.
LAND REZONED FROM CAN'T BUILD ON TO OK TO BUILD
Swarup negotiated with the local council to allow a home to be built on a water front block which was ecologically sensitive, had serious geotechnical problems and zoned as never to be built on. After 2 years of negotiations with council including that with the General Manager and all engineers, he had the land rezoned and owner built on the 3000 sqm block.
The value of the "lemon of a " land then increased ten fold!
Swarup applied to Monash Council for the demolition of the rear of a heritage cottage and secured planning approval for a large 6 bedroom home with swimming pool.
The wonderful owners are overjoyed they could renovate and extend on a heritage property. The value of the renovated house stands around $2.4 million.
LUXURY DUAL OCCUPANCY
Banyule council approved the future construction of two very large dual occupancy houses on a street undergoing change. There were large trees which council required retention due to the planing overlay.
With much negotiations and three different planning officers to deal with Swarup, our Founder, secured the permit. The owners will live in the rear house with its own lift for their ageing parents and a large media room in the basement. The front house will be an investment unit.
PARENTS HELP OUT DAUGHTER
The wonderful parents helped their daughter buy- or more like build- her first home.
We secured approval for a dual occupancy subdivision in a small backyard.
The daughter bought the subdivided rear yard and is building her first home there. She can now live close to her elderly parents and in an area she is accustomed to and close to her work.
The parents cashed in the equity from their backyard-that's what a dual occupancy subdivision provides.
CHALLENGING DUAL OCCUPANCY
Swarup had the whole Council and a street full of objecting neighbours up in arms as they did not want to see their prestige properties carved out for dual occupancy type developments.
The mansions on either side were strong objectors along with those behind and in the neighbourhood.
Persistence, good design and planning knowledge secured a permit which unlocked huge equity from this heavily vegetated yard. One of the 30m tall trees was Heritage listed!
The value of the land almost doubled in this sought after address.
Swarup acted for the planning Applicant and after 3 days of hearing at the VCAT, won a permit for a dual occupancy subdivision on a site burdened by difficult and ambiguous planning overlays.
All the Councillors and the planning department together with the whole community was against subdivision in an area where the owners had resort style living on their 1 acre lots.
Frankston Council reworded the ambiguous overlay after their loss at VCAT.
MALVERN DUAL OCCUPANCY
Swarup negotiated with Stonnington Council and secured approval for a contemporary dual occupancy behind a heritage listed home in Malvern.
An upper storey office/retreat above the existing garage and rear extensions to the large heritage home was also approved after serious negotiations.
MEDICAL CENTRE REFUSED! THEN APPROVED
" I just wanted to wish you and your family a merry Christmas. The Mount Waverley clinic is going very well and we could not have done it without you."
Surgeon client and Lawyer wife.
They contacted Swarup from the UK where they were then living. Their application to change use from residential to medical centre (applied through a different firm) was refused by Monash Council.
Swarup applied for a new planning application and.secured them a permit for their Specialist Medical Centre. A building permit followed and the surgery is thriving.
Clients and patients (including Swarup!) are thrilled with the outcome.