I am writing in regards to the Development Application MCU16/0166 for 10 Lewis Place - Dual Occupancy. We live in the block directly east of 10 Lewis Place on Plantation Rise Drive. We are concerned about the height of the proposed duplex, especially the duplex designated Unit 1 in the Proposal Plans. We object to the height of the upper level and the deck of this unit, as this unit is on the slope well above us and will be looking directly over our back yard and into our alfresco area, resulting in no privacy and negatively impacting on the amenity of our block. Unit 1 is positioned in such a way that it is very close to our property and this coupled together with the height of the duplex and the terraced block prevents any landscaping solutions or other privacy measures to be effective. We note that while privacy and overlooking in relation to the blocks north and south of the subject lot are discussed in the proposal description (Pg 3 Covering Letter), privacy and overlooking in relation to the blocks on Plantation Rise Drive to the east of the subject block have not been discussed, and perhaps have not been assessed. Of particular concern is the orientation of four large glass sliding doors and four alfresco areas directly to the east, which, coupled with the steep slope, will leave us with little privacy. We are also worried about the potential for noise issues from these four alfresco areas so close to our house. We are concerned the privacy and overlooking and other amenity issues in relation to more than half the properties that border onto the subject block haven’t been included in this application for Council to consider when assessing to increase occupancy and development intensity. It also appears from the elevation drawings that that we will no longer have any views to the west, which is one of the main reasons we bought our block of land and built on it. While we expected we might lose some views when a house was built on 10 Lewis Place, however, the proposed two separate duplexes will leave us with little to no views or privacy.
We request that Council rejects this application for Dual Occupancy on the basis that privacy and overlooking and other amenity issues in relation to more than half the properties that border onto the subject block haven’t been assessed or considered during the proposal design. We submit that the steepness of the block would largely mean any duel occupancy proposal would unreasonably and unavoidably impact on neighbours, and that the proposed density would leave few options for remediation of these impacts. Kind Regards Linda Addona and David Stevenson