This development involved demolition of the existing home and construction of two double storey dwellings on the property. It was approved by Banyule City Council in January 2014, construction commenced in September 2015 and the development was finished in September 2016. Banyule City Council have very robust planning regulations relating to trees and there were significant trees on this site and the neighbouring properties that needed to be retained as part of the development. The CS team worked diligently with an appointed arborist to design a proposal that would not impact the significant trees during construction. There was a large tree on the neighbouring property that required a large no construction zone around it which meant the design had to include a bigger back yard for the front dwelling than would typically be required. Retention of trees is a significant issue for councils, especially Banyule and Nillumbik Councils. If you are completing a subdivision in an area where there a number of trees involved we will recommend a reputable arborist to be involved in the application so that we can be sure of Council support.