Thank you for your interest in Woodlea.
Can I drive and see my block?
Visiting of blocks is strictly prohibited during construction and any trespassing will be reported to local police. Following completion of a stage and Woodlea obtaining Statement of Compliance, access to your lot will be available, typically 3 - 4 weeks prior to settlement.
Is there a bushfire attack level applicable?
Yes. Currently we have a 12.5 Bushfire Attack Level which is similar to all new development areas in the west of Melbourne. This BAL Rating general equates to about $3-5k of additional cost when compared to the BAL Low Rating.
We are currently in discussion with the CFA to attempt to have the area reassessed as BAL Low.
What does the BAL rating mean, what has it been reduced from and which stages does this apply to?
The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) indicates the construction requirements for building within a medium threat Bushfire Prone Area. A BAL Report is triggered by the location of a property within the Bushfire Prone Area including the requirements for construction, such as upgrading of window frames, openings and sarking to your roof.
How much will I save with a reduction in the BAL rating?
We are working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to progressively reduce the BAL rating for from 12.5 to BAL-LOW (i.e no additional construction costs) by excising the stages from the Bushfire Prone Area (BPA). This process usually takes 6-8 months from application. Stages 1 - 22 and 25, with exception of a limited number of lots, have been successfully excised and are no longer required to construct to BAL 12.5 standards. Stages 23, 24, 26 and 27 will be submited for excision with a decision anticipated by December 2017.
Stages 23, 24, 26 and 27. End 2017
What does mandatory minimum 12.5 BAL rating mean?
Certain lots as nominated within 60m of the Conservation Areas cannot have the BAL rating lifted. A restriction on the plan of subdivision has been placed on affected lots that dwellings must be constructed to a minimum 12.5 BAL standard. Depending on building permit reviews, the BAL rating could increase to BAL 19. The price difference between a BAL 12.5 and BAL 19 compliant home is approximately $2k - $4k. These lots are clearly identified during the release process as well.
Will there be a community infrastructure levy?
Woodlea will pay the $900 community infrastructure levy on behalf of residents as a goodwill gesture and look to negotiate with Council on upfront delivery of key community infrastructure funded by this levy.
Are there special treatments for corner lots?
Homes on corner lots should address the corner by having an articulated facade on the secondary frontage. Refer to design guidelines for further information.
What is the process to getting my house plans approved?
Generally your builder will manage this process on your behalf. They are required to submit conforming plans and associated documentation to the Design Review Panel.
Can I submit my house plans to the DRP prior to settlement and before formally engaging a builder?
Yes, you can submit your plans to the DRP prior to settlement. You can expect your plans to be assessed and responded to within 10 business days from receipt of your application. Please direct any queries to the Design Review Panel through the Woodlea Sales Team and a response will be provided typically within 72 hours.
What happens if my house plans are not approved by Woodlea’s Design Review Panel?
Your builder will generally manage this process on your behalf. In the event that changes may be required to your plans, your builder will work in conjunction with you and the Design Review Panel to achieve a positive outcome for both parties.
Which builders will be in the display village?
The display village features 16 of Melbourne's leading builders such as Henley, Metricon, Porter Davis, Boutique Homes, Homebuyers Centre, Burbank, Simonds, Mirvac and more!
The Woodlea display village opened in April 2016
What are the fencing requirements?
You will be required to install the fencing at your own cost. The fence type is a 1.8m timber paling fence that is set back 1m from the front facade. Corner lots require a lapped and capped fence, 1.8m high and set back 4m from the front facade.
Do I need to have my boundary fences built before my house construction can commence?
No you don’t need to have permanent fencing before construction commences. Prior to building works, your builder will erect temporary fencing to deter unauthorised people.
Can I put up temporary fencing before building commences to protect my block of land?
Yes, this is a mandatory requirement. Prior to building works, your builder will erect temporary fencing to deter unauthorised people entering the site and to prevent litter impacting the community and Woodlea’s protected environmental assets. If you have yet to engage a Builder, you will need to organise temporary fencing for your block or you may risk having materials illegally dumped onto your site requiring removal at your own cost.
Will my neighbours pay half of the cost of the fencing?
You and your neighbour have equal cost responsibility for the dividing fence on your block. If you have purchased a corner block, you are solely responsible for the cost of the fence that faces the road – shared costs with neighbours only applies to common boundary fencing. To find out your neighbour’s details to arrange fencing, contact the Melton City Council.
What is included in my front landscaping package?
Retail package value up to $5 - $10k dependent on lot size, land frontage and configuration of dwelling. Refer to the landscape information pack for inclusions.
How do I get my landscaping installed?
When you receive a Certificate of Occupancy and the DRP has inspected your home, you will be eligible to request installation of the landscaping by Woodlea's selected contractor. The landscaping will typically be delivered within 8 to 12 weeks.
Can I upgrade or change my landscape package?
Woodlea will only deliver the standard choice of packages as set out in the contract of sale and landscape information pack and there are no variations to the packages. The purchaser can select from three different styles, two different tones and front yard trees. A purchaser may undertake their own modifications prior to or post the Woodlea package installation as long as they are in line with the guidelines and have been previously approved by DRP.
Is Gas available at the Estate?
Gas supply has now been commissioned at Woodlea and is ready for connection.
Will I have access to the NBN from day one?
NBN optic fibre is live at Woodlea and agreements are in place for supply of Precincts 1 and 2. NBN usually reticulates fibre on a per stage basis 17 weeks after completion of civil construction, in readiness for first residents in a stage. Timing of reticulation and availability to connect remains subject to NBN Co control.
What do I need to do to connect to the NBN?
In the design of your home, your builder is to ensure Category 6 cabling is installed and your home is fibre ready and space is provided for an internal cabinet. Refer to guidelines available on NBN Co's website. All builders are well aware of the requirements to ensure fibre can be provided to your home.
Builder / Lot Owner
Do I still need to install a water tank?
Under the Design Guidelines for Woodlea water tanks are encouraged however they are not mandatory.
Will each street be wide or just some?
Street widths have been pre-planned to have a hierarchy of roads based on traffic volumes and connectivity within the estate. There are no cul de sacs planned and all streets are in accordance with council requirements.
Will my builder hit rock?
The builder is attune to the geological conditions on the site and will plan accordingly to ensure minimisation of delays, if any, to the construction of your home.
Builder / lot owner
How much will the site costs be?
Site costs will vary from builder to builder however we anticipate site costs will generally be between $10K to $20K.
House and land pricing advertised by builders typically account for a suitable level of site costs for this location and Woodlea's display builders have delivered many homes in this corridor. Woodlea will provide purchasers with site classification reports to ensure site costs can be reasonably negotiated with Builders.
The Builders structural engineer will generally require their own independent soil test in order to design the slab.
Prior to finalisation of building contract.
Will my home be subject to slab heave?
The developers of Woodlea will provide purchasers a site classification report upon settlement. This can be used by the homeowner to discuss appropriate slab design with their builder. The Builders provide long term structural guarantees for the homes built, typically a minimum of 25 years.
When can my builder do a soil test?
Your block can be accessed for soil testing once you have been notified that the plan of subdivision has been lodged for registration and typically 2-3 weeks prior to title release.
Can I subdivide my lot?
The plan of subdivision will restrict the number of dwellings on a lot. Corner lots will allow a maximum of two dwellings per lot and all other lots will only allow one dwelling per lot. Future subdivision will be subject to permit approval from Council and must comply with Woodlea's design guidelines. Please note there is a minimum size requirement for any corner subdivision and we would recommend you seeking expert planning advice prior to purchasing.
What is the timeframe to build?
Construction must commence within 12 months of the settlement date. Once construction has commenced, the dwelling must be completed within 12 months.
Will you keep me informed of progress on my block?
Woodlea will provide monthly construction updates via email communication and on the website. Woodlea sales consultants will also touch base with purchasers post sale to keep them abreast of construction activity and titles timeframes.
When can I start building on my block?
Building can commence after settlement, as soon as your house plans have been approved by Woodlea’s Design Review Panel and you have the relevant building permit from the Melton City Council or building surveyor (both of which will be organised by your builder on your behalf).
How long will it take for my Builder to commence building?
Woodlea recommends that purchasers engage with their Builders well in advance of settlement as it is typically a 4 - 6 month process for the Builders to commence on site from the point a building contract is signed. Please refer to our e-Book which outlines a step by step guide to commence construction of your home.
Who is responsible for any rubbish that may be dumped on my block after I settle?
Prior to settlement, Woodlea will remove any rubbish located on your block. Once you have settled, the block belongs to you and any rubbish removal is your responsibility, at your cost.
What happens if the pegs are missing from my block before settlement?
If you discover that pegs are missing, please contact the Woodlea sales team to advise arrange for re-pegging.
Where have the pegs been placed on the blocks and how do we know they are in the right position?
Woodlea engages an independent surveyor from design through to construction to mark out the boundaries of each individual lot and you can be assured that this procedure has been done in strict accordance with the exact measurements of the lot sold to you. If there aren’t any pegs missing, but you still wish to confirm the size of your lot, we suggest you engage the services of your own surveyor, at your own cost, to do so. Ask your builder to assist with this process.
Why do site costs differ depending on the block? How is this calculated?
Site costs can vary depending on the type of soil, extent of engineered fill and slope on your block. The type of soil and slope determines how your house must be built. For example, the key reason for soil testing is to establish how likely it is that the soil will move, expand and contract with different levels of moisture content. Your builder will organise for their own engineer to conduct a soil and contour test to establish the best type of foundation for your new home to suit the soil and slope (if any).
What type of fill is used to fill the blocks? How do I get a report on what this is for my block?
Woodlea uses clean fill that has been tested by a geotechnical and environmental consultant and has been classified as suitable material to achieve level one compaction. A clean fill certificate is provided to Woodlea by the civil contractor. A Site Classification Report will be provided by our Sales Team to you prior to settlement for guidance.
When will I be notified of my street number, if I haven’t been at time of settlement?
The City of Melton will allocate street numbers and you can contact them on 9747 7200. Have your lot number and street name handy.
How can Woodlea guarantee lot cleanliness upon settlement?
Woodlea will ensure that your lot is clear of any rubbish at time of settlement. Post settlement, it is your responsibility to secure your block of land with temporary fencing to deter external dumping onto your lot. It is highly unlikely that Woodlea construction workers will dump rubbish on your block, however if you suspect that this has occurred, please advise the Woodlea Sales Team immediately. If it can be proven that a Woodlea construction worker was responsible, Woodlea will arrange to have the rubbish removed at its own cost.
Why does my block have no topsoil?
Lots within selected stages, as agreed between Woodlea and Melton City Council, will not have topsoil placed in order to mitigate the emission of dust in summer months. Purchasers will be notified at Statement of Compliance whether lots in a particular stage are not topsoiled. Woodlea's Display Village builders have advised that topsoil is normally scraped and removed off lots for slab preparation hence there will be no additional charge or impact to purchasers as a result.
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