Concerns over cubby house

The Town’s Built Life executive manager Robert Cruickshank said privacy concerns had been dismissed by planning staff as they had no validity.

A report to councillors, which will be considered at tonight’s monthly meeting, says noise and behaviour issues may not be preventable regardless of whether the cubby house was elevated or at ground level, or even if there was no cubby house at all.

It recommends the cubby house at the Cookham Road home be approved as long as it is built a metre from the fence it shares with the neighbouring Midgley Street property and that it has no facing windows.

At last Tuesday’s briefing session, the Midgley Street home owner said the cubby would be 3.7m high and he was concerned by the possibility of children playing and overlooking his residence and living areas once the block was subdivided and new homes built for he and his brother.

‘I don’t want to be totally negative but the elevation and overlooking issues are what we are objecting against,’ he said.

Greg Clune, who has applied to council to build the cubby house for his children aged two and four, said he hoped common sense would prevail.