Karl and Jasmine Stefanovic locked in tense battle with council to knock down their ‘modest’ $4.5million Sydney home and build a massive mansion with a swimming pool
- Karl and Jasmine Stefanovic locked in council battle
- Couple lodged plans for $4.5million redevelopment
- The redevelopment for their home is deemed refused
Karl and Jasmine Stefanovic are facing off against their local council over a planned $4.5million redevelopment of their luxury home.
The dispute between the celebrity couple and the Willoughby Council is over the major renovation of their Castlecrag house on Sydney’s Lower North Shore and will heard in the Land and Environment Court.
The Today show host and his wife lodged a plan with the council to knock down their modest two-storey home to build a four-storey mansion back in March.
It would result in their house having five-bedrooms, five-bathrooms, a swimming pool and a spa, entertainment area, a courtyard and three-car garage.
But the council has still not made a final decision on the redevelopment, with the plans being deemed refused.
Karl and Jasmine Stefanovic are locked in dispute with their local council over a planned $4.5million redevelopment of their Castlecrag home
The Stefanovics lodged a plan with the council to knock down their two-storey home (pictured) to build a four-storey mansion back in March
The celebrity couple’s plans would result in their house having five-bedrooms, five-bathrooms, a swimming pool and a spa, entertainment area, a courtyard and three-car garage (pictured, concept image of the development planned for the Stefanovics’ home)
A development application that is not approved by the council within 40 days is deemed refused, according to NSW planning laws.
Those who lodged the application are able to file an appeal to the Land and Environment Court to assess the plans.
Jasmine has since filed a legal challenge against the council, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The couple purchased their home, a 1960s-era three-bedroom sprawl, for $3.2million in 2021.
It’s described in the DA plan as a ‘dated single storey’ dwelling, while the new home will boast ‘modern design’.
The application revealed the couple’s plans include creating 102square metres of living space below ground level.
It says ‘the living quality’ for the occupants will ‘improve’ under the plans, while the proposal aims to ‘enhance the streetscape and contribute positively to the locality.’
The renovation ‘generally complied’ with the planning laws set out by Willoughby Council, according to the development plans.
However, it did not comply with floor plan space ratio controls consistent with local planning regulations. This is where the ratio of a site’s floor area to the size of land that the building sits on.
Stefanovic, 48, lodged development plan for the new home with Willoughby council
Pictured: One of the bedrooms inside the current dwelling
Pictured: One of the living areas inside their current home in Castlecrag
The Stefanovics stated in their proposal that the infringement with the floor plan space ratio was a result of ‘sloped topography of the site’.
They argued that because of this their redeveloped property would have ‘no adverse impact on adjoining homes or the locality/streetscape’.
But the renovation had also sparked objections from the couple’s neighbours.
In a submission to the council, neighbour Winny Lee expressed concern that the development would ‘impact the view’ of her family’s backyard.
‘It seems the top floor of the proposed building will look into our yard and our living area,’ she said.
She explained she was also ‘not comfortable’ about the impacts on privacy this could have.
It is understood mediation has been scheduled between the Stefanovics and Willoughby Council as part of proceedings.
Further hearings for the planning dispute are set to take place in February.