A HOME built in the 1950s on Monument Hill will be bulldozed and replaced by two residential properties after winning approval from Albury Council.
The primary dwelling will consist of four bedrooms and double garage facing Garden Street and a detached one-bedroom apartment will have two double garages fronting Paine Place with a swimming pool also part of the development application ticked off 8-1 by council.
The property is nearby the copse of palm trees in the heritage area known as Monument Hill Terraces with council planners satisfied there will be no negative impact on the area or overshadowing or overlooking into adjoining properties.
Glenn Wild is the applicant with the overall development estimated at $786,000 which raised the eyebrows of mayor Kevin Mack, who estimated that once complete will be more than 80 squares under roof.
“I think it is a little bit on the light side and being on the light sight I would like to know who the builder is so I can employ them,” Cr Mack said.
Planning director Michael Keys explained as part of the application process a cost summary report is prepared by a building industry professional.
“We put the emphasis on those people to make true and correct statements,” he said.
Mr Keys agreed to re-visit the cost estimate supplied to council.
The estimated cost is used to calculate the developer contributions payment to council which in this case will be $10,358.15.
Cr Darren Cameron said he “reluctantly” objected to the proposal due to concerns expressed by objectors about overlooking and 1cm setbacks in parts of the site.
Cr John Stuchbery said he had visited the site and was satisfied all concerns had been met.
“I’ve driven past and had a look myself,” he said.
“Certainly the house that is currently on that block is passed its useby date and ready to be knocked over and rebuilt.
“It is a heritage area, but the building itself is not heritage and a newer and better building on that site is not a bad thing.”
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