Fo­cus How a granny flat could an­swer your build­ing needs

More fam­i­lies are turn­ing to the space in their own back­yard to make room for all, writes Jen­nifer Veer­huis

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It’s some years now since granny flat leg­is­la­tion was re­laxed in NSW but the in­ter­est in them shows no sign of slow­ing. In 2009, the state gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced the Af­ford­able Hous­ing SEPP which al­lowed for a granny flat to be built on blocks larger than 450sq m.

While in­vestors con­tinue to build them for fi­nan­cial rea­sons, home­own­ers are in­creas­ingly recog­nis­ing the ben­e­fits of ac­com­mo­dat­ing fam­ily in their own back­yard.

Granny Flat So­lu­tions de­sign and ap­provals man­ager Wally Ge­brael says it’s a trend that’s gain­ing ground.

“A few years back, I would have said it was more in­vestors than for per­sonal use,” he says.

“But a lot of our clients have be­come more owner-oc­cu­pier — whether it be for granny or for the kids.”

He says most of their granny flats are built un­der Com­ply­ing De­vel­op­ment leg­is­la­tion but there are a num­ber of fac­tors that can re­quire an ap­pli­ca­tion to go to coun­cil in­stead. Even so, coun­cils are more sup­port­ive of granny flats now than they used to be.

Coun­cil ap­proval may be re­quired where the block size or di­men­sions do not meet the re­quire­ments for a com­ply­ing de­vel­op­ment, while an­other fac­tor can be the height of the build­ing, par­tic­u­larly with slop­ing blocks.

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