Granny flat rules become tougher

Changes endorsed: The council wants to prevent overdevelopment.
Changes endorsed: The council wants to prevent overdevelopment.

Camden Council has endorsed changes to the Camden Local Environment Plan (LEP) in an attempt to curb overdevelopment on small lots.

The council has previously discussed limiting the ability of homeowners to build secondary dwellings – like granny flats – on lots deemed too small.

Councillors agreed at last week’s meeting to endorse a change to the LEP which would prevent secondary dwellings being built on blocks which are smaller than 450sqm.

However, lots in Spring Farm and Elderslie are excluded from this if units (like ‘Fonzie flats’) are built above garages and the dwelling has a side access lane.

Councillor Cindy Cagney said she was “very happy” to see the minimum lot size for secondary dwellings noted in writing: “The stronger the guidelines, the better for our future residents.”

The council will now submit the endorsed LEP changes to the Department of Planning and Environment requesting they be adopted.

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