Simon Corbell has announced he’s bringing duplex houses under the Development Application umbrella:
“The unique character of duplexes means their demolition and alteration can have significant impact on the adjoining duplex.
“Anyone wanting to demolish and rebuild a duplex or make major alterations will have to lodge a development application, which gives neighbours the opportunity to review the plans and makecomments and ensures the planning authority can assess the proposal against current laws and standards to protect the amenity and integrity of the adjoining dwelling.
“For example, the authority needs to be sure the party walls will not be left exposed to the weather or left structurally unsound.”
Mr Corbell said development approval did not impose an unusual or unprecedented process, but returned duplex development proposals to the default position of the existing law that all development requires development approval unless subject to an exemption regulation.
Minor alterations such as internal alterations, exterior refinishing and installation of chimneys or skylights will continue to be exempt, in line with single dwelling exemptions.