A frustrated couple met me recently complaining that their dreams and plans were shattered by their local council. Thinking it is best to weigh up the events on a factual basis, I asked for the history of their proposed development. This is their story.

Mr and Mrs M bought a 600 square metre block with a 16.5-metre frontage. The rear yard faced north, making it ideal for the open space. Their plan was to build their dream home which would be a part of a duplex. They would live in one of the dwellings…