Knock Down and Rejuvenate The Sydney Hills

Published on 08 July 2014

Keeping suburbs looking fresh and rejuvenated is a priority of Council and Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne is encouraging residents to do the same.

Council is investigating ways to encourage the Knock Down and Rebuild of some older homes throughout the Sydney Hills.

Mayor Byrne said that most houses in established suburbs were wonderful homes that had real character and beauty, but she called on all dream home-makers to consult with Council’s Development Assessment Services team as soon as they consider a knock down and rebuild of the family home.

“People love living in the Sydney Hills – whether it be the schools, parks, shops, communities or neighbourhood,” Mayor Byrne said.

“But for some, their current family home isn’t providing them with all the comfort, space and functionality that they desire.”

“If you drive around the established suburbs like Baulkham Hills, Carlingford, North Rocks and Oatlands, you will find that most of the houses have real character and we wouldn’t want to see them go. But like any established area, you do have the odd home that is out-dated and not really suited to modern family living.”

“Knock down and rebuild is growing in popularity and we are keen to encourage it. The Sydney Hills is known for its high-quality, single-lot detached housing and we want it to stay that way.”

“We want to help home owners from the earliest stage possible so they know how to get through the regulatory process as smoothly as possible.”

Research shows that the primary demographic for KDR owners is small households with young families. Owners have generally lived in their homes for 7-10 years, having built up enough equity in the home to finance a knock down and rebuild project.

Hills Shire residents typically spend $400,000- $450,000 on a knock down and rebuild.   

While there is concern about the price of land throughout Sydney, the rise in value better enables finance to be raised to fund the knock down and build of a family home.

“Council will continue to look at how we can encourage home owners to keep more established suburbs looking fresh and rejuvenate,” Mayor Byrne said. 

Please note - The Knock-Down and Re-build Landscape Contribution Scheme concluded on 30 June 2017.