An afternoon at Stonecutters Ridge

Sadly, not much is happening at the moment. Metricon has been difficult to deal with over the last few days, as the 150 deadline looms on the horizon. While no extension has been granted as of yet, I still hold out hope that they’ll see things from our point of view and grant us a short extension, if needed. Until a final answer is given, I feel it’s not fair to post details as to what has been happening. So as we wait for the last few details to be ironed out and approval to be granted, we took the chance to head out for a stroll around Stonecutters Ridge on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a few shots from the day…

View across the estate.stonecutters ridge view

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Ups & downs, with a sideways thrown in for good measure

bang headThe Council approval process has been a journey, to say the least. Today however, was a journey of it’s own. One you would not believe…

Megan arrived to work this morning with excellent news. The very first email she received today was an email from our contact at Blacktown Council stating that he had spoken to the bifold door manufacturer company and all his worries and hesitations about approving the doors were put as ease. All he was waiting for now was a letter documenting what was discussed during the conversation and then the house was going to be approved!

Seemed all pretty straight forward to me – just draft up a letter, send it across, and we were on our way! So from 9am this morning, Megan and I were in a fantastic mood…until right around 4:45pm. It was then that Megan received a call from our builder, stating we were back to square one…

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New Stonecutter’s Ridge website

While we’ve been working with council to get the final approval across the line, we noticed that things have been changing over on the Stonecutter’s Ridge website. Well, sort of. The layout of the website hasn’t changed, nor has the ‘blog’ (I use the term lightly, as it’s rarely updated) that’s being kept on the site, but the masterplan map that’s available for users is now ‘interactive‘.

stonecutters ridge layoutAfter a poorly disguised attempt to get leads off the site visitors that forces you to submit your contact details, you can now mouse over to see the individual lot prices, which are under offer, and which have been sold. You can view the development as a whole, or zoom in to see details of the individual lots. I must admit, some of the lots are reasonably priced – others, not so much.

However, judging by the number of lots sold or under offer from within the different releases, it looks like sales are starting to pick up. I’d imagine it helps that houses are actually starting to go up around the development.

Driving in reverse – more delays with Council

Roll EyesA quick update for everyone – we received an email from Blacktown Council yesterday (yes, on a Saturday) stating that regardless of the information that we sent across this week stating the bi-fold compliances, we will still require an additional bushfire report.

I think this is rediculous – all that’s happening is Council trying to wash their hands clean of any responsibility. No one wants to take control and provide concrete answers, likely due to the way society operates these days – everyone loves to shift the blame and responsibility to someone else so they’re not caught up in the blame game if something ever goes wrong.

It was good to hear what Sarah mentioned on a previous post – she was building with Metricon as well, and went over their timeline with no financial penalties ( the building contract states a price increase of 2% should you not have a site start within 150 days of putting a deposit down). It looks like that’s more or less in place for the people that drag their feet due to financial difficulties etc. Our 150 days is up on March 3rd. We’re definitely not dragging our feet – Megan especially has been working hard to get the approval across the line.

Moving, while standing still – Problems with Blacktown Council

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While we don’t have much to report, our current Customer Support Rep at Metricon has been working non stop in an attempt to get Blacktown Council to approve the plans. She has been in constant contact with us throughout the day and even gave us a ring before leaving for the day, despite having no new information. The level of customer service has been supurb thus far, and after understanding what is happening with the approval process, I can’t really fault Metricon for the delay.

The developer of Stonecutters Ridge, Medallist, has also stepped up to the plate when they got wind of the issues we were having. One of the additional issues that Council has brought up is the existing wooden fence that is on two sides of our lot. Council is saying we can’t have a wooden fence, yet Medallist was allowed to build a fence when developing the land.

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