Infuriating reason couple’s dream home is being derailed as they’re left with an empty block of land they can’t build on because it’s deemed too ‘high risk’
- Couple Matt & Grace Slade can’t build their dream home
- Council rejected their application as it’s in a flood zone
- It’s left the Slades distraught and added financial strain
A couple has been left on the verge of bankruptcy after plans to build their dream home were quashed by local council who say the land sits in a ‘flood zone’.
Matt and Grace Slade purchased a 60-year-old house in Epping in Sydney’s north-west with plans to knock it down and rebuild, completely unaware of the natural disaster risk.
They removed the existing property as it was riddled with asbestos and and lodged a development application for their new home to be approved in the process.
But Parramatta Local Council rejected their the application, explaining their block of land was in a high risk zone as it has a large stormwater pipe within an easement running diagonally through the property.
While they are affected by the ruling, theirs neighbours have no such restriction.
A devastated Sydney couple had their development application rejected by the local council as it sits in a flood zone
The couple purchased a 60-year-old house in Epping in Sydney ‘s north-west which they knocked down with plans to rebuild
‘Just the way we’ve been treated with this, there’s no understanding regarding the situation we’re in,’ Mr Slade told A Current Affair.
He claimed his builder had recently received an email from a DA officer telling him that the build would be rejected.
‘The DA officer said fairly bluntly that no new dwelling is supported on this block of land and we advise your client to either withdraw, or we will refuse it in five business days,’ Mr Slade said through tears.
The couple are currently paying a mortgage and also paying for a rental that they’re living in around the corner from their block of land.
It has put incredible financial strain on the couple as their development plans remain in limbo.
‘If this land, if nothing can be built on it, essentially it’s just glorified council park land,’ Mr Slade said.
He explained that the family were heading towards ‘breaking point’ and were calling on the council to reconsider.
‘Please, as a rate payer, as a taxpayer, as a citizen of this country, we are entitled to build something on this land,’ he added.
The Slades have questioned why their plans were being rejected while houses in their street have gained approval to rebuild, which they allege the council hasn’t acknowledged.
Matt Slade (pictured) tearfully told A Current Affair how his builder had recently received an email from a DA officer who bluntly informed him that the development would be rejected
The Slades have been put in an incredibly difficult financial situation as they pay off their mortgage and pay rent for a property they’re living in as their development plans stay in limbo
A council map of the Epping neighbourhood shows the Slade’s block of land sitting directly on a stormwater pipe, with 60 per cent in a five per cent annual exceedance probability flood extent area.
Any structure within five per cent annual exceedance probability is not allowed, according to council regulations.
The City of Parramatta Council said in a statement that a decision on the Slade’s development application had not been made yet.
The council explained that the application was still being assessed and they were in communication with the builder over the matter.
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