Well…. I’d half written a super happy fun post about how I’ve kinda sorta decided I want to buy that place by the river. And how every hour I talk myself out of it then back into it and that I’ve engaged my lawyer to have a look at the draft contract for sale that the agent has given me and I’m just awaiting the lady from the council to send me some info on the building file (as she said that she’ll be able to email me docs instead of me trekking out to Cooma to go see them) and info on the bridge building process. And how I’d also talked to my bank and my money was on track and my brain abuzz and I can’t sleep and I keep feeling sick with nerves and excitement at the same time.
But that post is now long gone and dead in the water. I got a reply from council and basically the jist of it is that it’s going to be too hard and too expensive to build the river crossing to be able to build my house. I’m more crushed than I thought I would be as I thought I was being impassive about this property but clearly not. It’s going to involve 3 regulatory bodies plus money beyond my budget to build. Although my optimist side pipes up to remind me that the $70 million lotto is on tonight 🙂 I’m still at work and struggling not to cry every time I think about it. Stoopid land. Why did it have to be perfect in every regard except for the fact that I can’t build my damn dream home on it.
I’ve been thinking about whether I could live in the existing structures for the rest of my life? I did reply to the council to ask what the go is with the unapproved structures and what risk there would be for the council to come in at some stage and ask to rip them down. Dunno if that’s causing problems for the future owner but I want to know just in case I change my mind about buying it and living in them. I was toying with the idea of just improving the existing structures to make them livable to my standards. But if they ask to rip them down at some stage… whats the friggin point?
Just crushed… It took me a year to find this place and to have that sharp intake of breath moment of “it’s THE ONE” and feeling in my chest. Pity I was wrong. I just hate having to let it go because it’s perfect in all ways except for the most important… being able to build my house! I’m trying not to wallow, really I am but ffs… the next “the one” must be pretty damn spectacular!
Going off to sulk now 😦
Well things have been manic at work and there really hasn’t been anything to look at lately hence the lack of postage again. I went and had a look at the place on Jinglemoney Lane (still love that name) but it’s just a bit too far away for my liking. I noticed the other day that they’ve dropped the price by $20k so I guess they’re keen to sell. If only it wasn’t so far away. Getting back to that dream piece of land I mentioned in my last. I procrastinated a whole bunch about talking to the council about building approval because I didn’t want a yes and didn’t want a no and I understand now what the agent was talking about with it being tricky. I pulled my finger out of my ass and spoke to the council who told me I’d have to get permission from the owner to view their Development Advice form which they had submitted and paid for and also to be able to view their building file at council. So I spoke to the agent who organised that and actually sent me a copy of the Development Advice form which states that yes development approval is possible…
It basically all hinges on the river crossing. As far as the council is concerned that river crossing has never been approved and hasn’t been structurally assessed. It doesn’t comply with their regulations in terms of signage and barriers etc. Vehicular access is something that they consider with all development applications. I did a bit of research and found out that the next door neighbour had a development application to have the boundary amended by a couple of meters refused because of the river crossing! So I would assume that any building application on “my” land would also be refused.
BUT I’m not going to give up. I’m still going to talk to council and view the file and I’m actually going to see how much it would cost to build a bridge. I had a quick look online and there’s actually some prefab concrete bridge builders so that may be an option. I can only assume that the other 12 or so properties on “my” side of the river are also unapproved because of the river crossing so I could approach them for a contribution to the bridge fund if they wanted to. I could probably put a sizeable contribution towards it or fund the whole thing depending on the cost… that’s how much I want to be able to build on this land! The bridge would still have to go through council approval to be built but considering we would be addressing their existing concerns (the paper said it was noted as far back as 1998) with a proper solution according to their standards surely it would get approval. I’m an optimist can you tell?
I just chuckle at the irony of the amount of times I’ve told someone to “build a bridge and get over it” and now I’m the one that could actually be building a bridge. They better name the bloody thing after me if it happens ;} I’ll keep ya posted!