MIND THE GAP

WEALTHY NEIGH­BOURS IN PLAN­NING FEUD

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS MCEL­ROY ni­cholas.mcel­roy@news.com.au

TWENTY cen­time­tres is all that sep­a­rates the well-to-do neigh­bours in a glitzy Gold Coast sub­urb. But they are miles apart when it comes to agree­ing on plan­ning mat­ters, with a bitter row be­tween the house­holds headed for the Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Court.

A NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD feud be­tween mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar prop­erty own­ers in a ritzy Gold Coast sub­urb has reached the South­port Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Court.

Par­adise Wa­ters res­i­dents Alexan­der and Wendy Baruk­sop­ulo have taken their busi­ness­man neigh­bour Michael Green to court claim­ing he “fraud­u­lently” built ad­di­tions onto his Mid­ship­man Ct house.

Mr and Mrs Baruk­sop­ulo have also taken the Gold Coast City Coun­cil to court claim­ing they failed to act fairly by grant­ing 18 build­ing re­lax­ations to plans for Mr Green’s prop­erty.

The pair lodged court doc­u­ments last month re­quest­ing a judge visit the prop­erty to as­sess their claim that 70 per cent of their side bound­ary is taken up with Mr Green’s “il­le­gal” ex­ten­sions.

Mr and Mrs Baruk­sop­ulo want the ex­ten­sions to be built to height and set back re­quire­ments en­forced by coun­cil.

They claim Mr Green, from Main Beach, had a “com­plete dis­re­gard” for space be­tween homes in low den­sity res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

Dur­ing a visit to the street the Gold Coast Bul­letin cap­tured im­ages of how close the homes were built to bound­aries.

A “stor­age area” added to Mr Green’s Mid­ship­man Ct house comes within cen­time­tres of Mr and Mrs Baruk­sop­ulo’s prop­erty.

Court doc­u­ments claim Mr Green sub­mit­ted his original plans for the build­ing in Novem­ber 2015 to build right up to the bound­aries of the block, which Mr and Mrs Baruk­sop­ulo said was a breach of plan­ning rules.

Mr and Mrs Baruk­sop­ulo said they ob­jected to coun­cil and the plans were amended and ap­proved by city build­ing sur­veyor Pa­trick Giess.

But they claim Mr Green ig­nored this and built what they de­scribed as “an ex­tended bal­cony over a canal, a solid wall pa­tio, bal­cony and ex­ten­sions of third storey area”.

In re­la­tion to the pa­tio they said coun­cil al­lowed Mr Green to apply for a re­lax­ation, which was granted fol­low­ing a mi­nor colour change.

They be­lieve the wall is still il­le­gal and coun­cil have not acted on any com­plaints.

Prop­erty searches re­veal Mr Green made a $2.23 mil­lion profit after sell­ing an­other neigh­bour­ing prop­erty he owned in 2015.

Mr Green bought the lot for $820,000 in 2002 be­fore sell­ing it for $3.05 mil­lion.

Searches also re­vealed Mr Green bought the prop­erty in­volved in the dis­pute for $1.3 mil­lion in 2004.

Mr and Mrs Baruk­sop­ulo bought their prop­erty for $2 mil­lion in 2013.

As the mat­ter is still be­fore the courts Mr and Mrs Baruk­sop­ulo and Gold Coast City Coun­cil de­clined to com­ment.

Ef­forts were made to con­tact Mr Green through his busi­nesses but he did not re­turn calls ask­ing for com­ment.

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