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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1531 ..

(5) The successful bidder is required to pay a deposit of 10% of the purchase price at auction, and the balance within fifty six days. The balance is due on 22 May (settlement).

(6) Stamp duty must be paid within 90 days from the date of settlement.

Georgetown Apartments

(Question No 604)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to Units Plan 928, known as Georgetown Apartments and correspondence sent to the Minister from one of the unit owners in Units Plan 928 who is concerned about what appears to be illegal structures in the roof space of unit 4:

(1) Is it an approved structure;

(2) If so, was it approved before construction or was it approved afterwards;

(3) If it was approved after construction, did it need to be modified to obtain approval;

(4) Is the structure a breach of the Covenant on the leasehold restricting the gross floor area to not more than 4800m2;

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) I understand this concern is about a unit holder making alterations to the roof space of his unit to provide a storage area. The proposal was approved by the Units Corporation. A private building certifier provided building approval on 3 October 2001. Internal alterations such as this do not require development approval under Schedule 1 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Regulations 1992.

(2) I understand the private building certifier granted the approval during the construction of the roof space storage area.

(3) No.

(4) Yes, it appears that with this additional floor area, even though it is only for storage purposes and does not change the overall bulk of the building, the gross floor area limit in the Crown lease is exceeded by about 45 square metres. Planning and Land Management have sought advice from the ACT Government Solicitor on this matter. It is unusual for a residential units plan to have such a limitation and the Units Corporation could seek to have the units plan (lease) varied to either remove or vary that provision.

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