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Top tips for choosing your block in Whitlam

Beautifully set amongst ponds and open spaces, blocks will vary in size and price. Here are our top tips for choosing the right block to suit your needs now and into the future.

1.Get oriented

First, watch our flythrough of Whitlam to put it all in perspective. Then, check the orientation of your preferred block/s. This is the direction your block faces compared to your street. It’s handy to know as it will affect decisions about your building design, placement of solar panels and landscaping. The slope of your block may also help you decide whether you want a split-level house design. You can check orientation and contours on the Block Details Plan.

2.Know your boundaries

Corner blocks have different boundary rules, as do surveillance blocks, which are near rear laneways or pathways. Check these details in the Block Details Plan. On a corner block, you’ll have two street frontages, which may change the way you design your home. It’s good to know the setbacks and easements of the block too so you know where on your land you can actually build.

3.Size matters

Depending on the size of the block, it may be subject to different rules in the Territory Plan. For example, on compact blocks (250m2 or less), your private open space needs to be a minimum area not less than 20% of the block area, and at least 50% of that minimum area needs to be for planting. Get to know the rules or seek professional advice.

4.Dig a little deeper

It’s not only what’s on top of the block that matters. The soils on your block, along with groundwater observations, will affect how you build your home. The Suburban Land Agency provides this geotechnical information once all the earthworks for the block have been completed. This is called a Block Fill Plan and you need to know the details before you start construction.

5.Know your numbers

Once you decide on your preferred block/s, make sure you know the block number and section number (noting these are not the same as street numbers). Check all relevant conditions and requirements for the block so you’re fully informed.

Download our Buyers Guide for more helpful tips.

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