The Gold Coast’s famous floating house was built without proper approval

first_imgRose Naumoski sold the Burleigh Heads property last week. Picture Glenn Hampson“It does not appear that the private certifier deliberately approved the development permit for building works knowing there was a noncompliance relating to the number of storeys.”Storey and Castle Planning director Jake Storey maintained the private certifier correctly determined the house’s height.“From my investigations and experience, no other council in southeast Queensland interprets building height in this way, even though we all rely on the same State definition.”He said the interpretation could prove a big issue for the Gold Coast if the council enforced it on homes that had already been built.“If these were policed, housing on the Coast could shut down, as many ordinary two-storey homes end up being considered three storeys if they have a different floor level for the garage or are of stepped design,” he said.The Burleigh home first hit the market in November, at one stage with a listing price of $2.7 million, and sold for an undisclosed price last week.After it sold, Ms Naumoski took to Instagram to vent her frustration at the approval process.“This project has tested my ability to keep my head together at so many points over the past 10 months … and building it was actually the easy part,” she said.Ms Naumoski declined to comment while the private certifier directed all questions to Storey and Castle Planning. The application to change the site’s zoning was approved last month.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoAs a result, Ms Naumoski was told a development permit to change the zoning was required.An application was lodged in March this year and approved only last month.Two residents made submissions to the council during the public consultation process.Miranda and Kerem Kozan, who live nearby, said it was “alarming” that the house had been built without public consultation and argued it failed to comply with setback conditions on the eastern and western boundaries.Another resident, Linda Diana said the proposed fifth storey, a guest bedroom beneath the lower level of the existing house, would compromise their privacy.“The development of the proposed guest room will significantly impact the privacy and amenity of our property … as it will be within approximately 2.5m of a habitable room of our house,” she said.A council document states that while the development failed to comply with building rules, neighbouring properties weren’t “adversely impacted” so it could justify approving it.As a condition of the approval, the proposed fifth storey can’t be built on.“It appears that there was confusion at the time of the building works application in relation to determining the number of storeys of the dwelling due to the change in the definition of storey,” a spokeswoman said. The design is stepped to follow the slope of the land.They argued the plans showed five storeys, which exceeded the area’s height limit.The private certifier made an application to the council months before it approved the development requesting advice only in relation to the house’s setbacks and site coverage.It is in a low-density residential zone, which states a building’s height must not exceed two storeys with a maximum height of 9m.Despite its illegal construction, the council will not force the owner to tear it down or take action against the private certifier who approved it.“An investigation revealed that the dwelling, in relation to the definition of storey under the city plan, was potentially a five-storey dwelling,” the spokeswoman said.However, Storey and Castle Planning Consultants argued on behalf of Ms Naumoski and the private certifier that it was only two levels at any one point.“The design of the development is stepped so as to follow the slope of the land and contains no more than two storeys in any single vertical plane inclusive of the additions,” the report stated.center_img The floating house on Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads.THIS multimillion-dollar Gold Coast home gained fanfare nation wide for its unique floating design. But Burleigh Heads’ most talked-about house was built illegally, failing to meet the site’s zoning requirements.The blunder only came to light when a neighbour complained about the home’s height to the Gold Coast City Council.According to council documents, plans for the “two-storey” residence, known as the floating house, were approved by private certifier Coastline Building Certification Group in 2016.Almost a year after it was approved, the council issued a compliance notice to the owner, Rozetta Naumoski, and the private certifier.last_img

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