Goodbye front yards

A house in Scullin, as part of its extensions, has been permitted to build a double garage in its front yard only 1.4 metres from the front boundary instead of the standard six metre setback.  ACT Planning advise that the proponent made a strong argument for the deviation from the rule and that it was approved “only after weighing the competing interests of maintaining the front building line against the resultant amenity and design outcomes as purported by the proponent”.  We are assured that “the approval was not granted as a ‘special privilege’ and will not set a precedent”.  Our letter to ACT Planning, with photographs, can be viewed here under Submissions.Garage on front boundary


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