Melville Times - - Opinion -

THE let­ter from Dayle Kenny (‘Stan­dards must be kept’, Melville Times, Septem­ber 19) states the City “en­dorsed for ap­proval” a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion that was not com­pli­ant with the Na­tional Con­struc­tion Code (NCC).

This state­ment of fact is in­cor­rect and this sug­ges­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion could only be made due to the lim­ited un­der­stand­ing of the ap­pli­ca­tion of a reg­u­la­tory process.

The cor­rect po­si­tion is that a “devel­op­ment ap­proval” is a con­cep­tual pro­posal for a build­ing.

The de­tails pro­vided for as­sess­ment are min­i­mal and not suf­fi­ciently de­tailed for con­struc­tion pur­poses.

Any “devel­op­ment ap­proval” granted is sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions which will re­quire ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion to be pro­vided for as­sess­ment prior to grant­ing any build­ing ap­proval or li­censes.

Fur­ther, the Na­tional Con­struc­tion Code is a per­for­mance-based doc­u­ment hav­ing tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments which re­fer to the Aus­tralian Stan­dards as an ac­cept­able con­struc­tion man­ual with the codes.

Th­ese stan­dards – ap­prox­i­mately 60 – ref­er­ence all meth­ods of con­struc­tions for the build­ing and will be re­quired to be ad­dressed prior to the is­sue of a build­ing per­mit.

To state the build­ing is ap­proved as un­safe at a pre­lim­i­nary stage of plan­ning is mis­in­formed.

The City of Melville does not con­done safety breaches in build­ing stan­dards and will not ap­prove build­ing plans that con­tain safety breaches. SHAYNE SILCOX City of Melville CEO

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