The Long & Winding Road. . .

So it’s been a while since my last post huh?  There are a few reasons for this, which I’ll delve into as we go along, but it’s probably suffice to say that doing a bespoke design which bends (breaks?) a few district planning rules as your first house build is pretty ambitious.

We actually had our plans into council for consent in early-September, and made it through without issue until our application landed in Planning. . .

Just to back-track a few steps, we’d already applied for and received a Land-Use Consent (or LUC – in other words a Resource Consent) to build our house as:

  • We were closer than is normally allowed to our neighbour’s house
  • We required a retaining wall closer to the boundary than is normally permissable
  • We were building over the set-backs prescribed for our subdivision

When we’d submitted the Resource Consent application, we’d taken the area of the house from the slab, as it was still in the concept phase at that time.  Planning took the view however, that our roof area was the more ‘correct’ way to measure the house’s size, so determined we were in breach of our section’s Maximum Site Coverage figure.

The long and short of it was that (despite our protests) they won the argument and we had to apply for yet another LUC.  This took sufficiently long that we ended up losing our builder to a ‘keep-busy’ project for the rest of 2016.

Needless to say, it was a frustrating old time!!


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