Camden councillors are urging people to do their research before buying or building a home in new estates.
Most weeks council receives complaints from residents upset about plans to put granny flats or duplexes on neighbouring blocks.
Granny flats or duplexes are permissable developments on blocks over 500 square metres in new suburbs such as Spring Farm, Gledswood Hills and Oran Park.
Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said state government legislation often prevented the council from rejecting such development applications.
“Most of these laws have been in place for the past ten years so the information has always been there,” she said. “People need to ask the right questions.
“Get a good conveyancer or solicitor to find out what could be placed on a block – council can also provide some information.”
Cr Symkowiak said “dual occupancies were sprinkled through new estates”.
“Buyers assume similar houses will be built next door but that may not always be the case,” she said.
Councillor Paul Farrow said he intended to bring a notice of motion before council to investigate a way to make this information more accessible.
“It’s something I have always struggled with from day one,” he said.
“People buy this block of land for their dream house not realising the land next door can be subdivided.
“It’s not a transparent process so I want to sit down with the planning department and try to tackle this issue.”
Councillor Eva Campbell said these developments were becoming more popular.
“My advice would be don’t let your dream be destroyed by reality,” she said.
“Have a conveyancer or solicitor look at what is permissable.”