Subterranean habitable spaces - Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015

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Woollahra Council invites your feedback on the subterranean habitable spaces amendment to Chapter B3 General Development Controls of the Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015.

The proposed changes aim to ensure that new parts of a dwelling that are lower than ground level have high levels of indoor amenity and provide healthy spaces for residents.  The amendment contains new controls that:

  • ensure that subterranean habitable spaces have direct natural light and direct natural ventilation
  • require a maximum room depth for subterranean habitable spaces.

The proposed changes are contained in a new section called B3.5.5 – Internal amenity which will be inserted after B3.5.4 – Acoustic and visual privacy.

The changes will not affect the operation of the existing volumetric excavation controls.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday 22 August 2018 to Friday 21 September 2018.

Public exhibition details

Part 1 – Draft changes to Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015

Part 2 – Supplementary information

Part 3 – Reference material

Submissions and enquiries

Quote reference (SC4457 Submissions) and address to the General Manager at Woollahra Council, PO Box 61, Double Bay NSW 1360 or email to

Submissions can be made in writing during the period Wednesday 22 August 2018 and Friday 21 September 2018.

When making a submission, please provide your contact details such as an email or postal address so we can keep you up to date on the matter. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your submission, please contact Council’s Strategic Planners on 9391 7087.

Privacy Notification

The supply of personal information is voluntary. If personal information is not provided, Council may be limited in dealing with a submission. Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and addresses of people making submissions may be included in publicly available reports to Council or Committee Meetings.

Please note that, in accordance with section 18(1)(b) of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), you are advised that all submissions received by Council in relation to any matter will be placed on the appropriate Council file and may be disclosed to Councillors, Council Officers, consultants to Council or members of the public.

Pursuant to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) the Council may be obliged to allow inspection of its documents, including any submissions you may make.

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