FAQs

The Bridgefield Project Team has put together a list of anticipated FAQs in relation to the design changes for stages 11 & 12.

If you have further questions not covered here please to get in contact with the Bridgefield sales team.

What has happened?

Design issues

  • Why has this happened?
    Following extensive consultation with Melton City Council, the developer was informed the initial design of stages 11 & 12 at Bridgefield did not have sufficient regard for heritage protected rock walls located within these stages. As a result, the developer was required to submit revised plans for stages 11 & 12 to progress these (and future) stages.
    The developer has received sufficient feedback from the council on the revised submitted plans for Bridgefield stages 11 & 12 to proceed with the lot re-selection process. Throughout the planning process, the developer made every effort to work constructively with council to reach the best possible solution for affected residents.
  • Why didn’t you design the stages correctly in the first place?
    The developer is an experienced, responsible developer that had a reasonable belief that the initial designs for Bridgefield stages 11 & 12 complied with all relevant local council planning regulations and guidelines.
    The developer commissioned independent expert planning and heritage advice to inform its design of the Bridgefield development.
  • What was the problem with the initial design?
    Following extensive consultation with Melton City Council, the developer was informed the initial designs submitted for Bridgefield stages 11 & 12 did not have sufficient regard for heritage protected rock walls located throughout the site, and these stage designs would require resubmission.

 

Heritage rock wall

  • Why has this rock wall stopped me from being able to build a block?
    Following extensive consultation with Melton City Council, the developer was informed the initial design of stages 11 & 12 at Bridgefield did not have sufficient regard for heritage protected rock walls located within these stages.
  • What is the heritage overlay?
    Melton Planning Scheme (clause 22.14) sets out the heritage rock wall policy, which applies to all dry-stone walls subject to the Heritage Overlay in the municipality, including those in dry stone wall precincts and other walls listed in the schedule to the Heritage Overlay.
    The Melton dry stone walls study identified dry stone wall heritage precincts comprising dry stone walls around Greigs Road and along Leakes Road.

 

Historical purchase questions

  • How come stages before stage 8 weren’t affected?
    While there are some sections of rock wall located throughout earlier stages at Bridgefield, relocation of these sections of rock wall was approved by council. This is not the case for stages 11 & 12.
  • Why did you sell without an approved planning permit?
    It is common-practice for residential land developments to sell lots without an approved planning permit in place. During a planning process, it is reasonable to anticipate that some design elements will change as you work through that process.

How am I affected?

  • Am I affected?
    The revised design of stages 11 & 12 at Bridgefield differs from the stage design when purchasers initially paid a deposit on their lot, with a number of lots having changed (in relation to size, location etc.) as a result.
    The Bridgefield sales team will be contacting all affected purchasers in stages 11 & 12 directly by phone, email and via their conveyancer to inform them of the design changes and next steps.

My block

  • Will I lose my block?
      – – All purchasers who had signed a contract on an affected lot in Stages 11 & 12 will have the opportunity to re-select a new lot. Those purchaser whose block is unaffected will not be required to re-select a lot.
  • How can I tell if my block has changed?
    The Bridgefield sales team will be contacting all affected purchasers directly by phone, email and via their conveyancer to inform them of the design changes and next steps.
  • Can I still keep the same block?
      – Some purchasers within stages 11 & 12 are unaffected by the design changes. In this instance, these purchasers will not be required to sign a Deed of Variation and will not need to re-select a lot.
  • You say I will have a new block, but I want to know what the block is before I commit to Bridgefield again?
    To ensure a fair and equitable re-selection process all affected purchasers will be required to re-select their lot at their re-selection appointment. All affected purchasers will have an opportunity to view available lots on the day of their re-selection appointment.
  • Will I definitely be able to get the same sized block?
    No, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to select the same sized lot as part of the re-selection process.

 

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Contract

  • Do I still have a contract with you?
    Yes. However, if you choose not to sign a Deed of Variation at the time of lot re-selection your contract will be cancelled under SC 7.5
  • What if I want to cancel my contract immediately?
    If your lot is affected and you wish to not participate in the re-selection process you can cancel your old contract by notifying your solicitor in writing that you wish to cancel your contract.
  • How soon can I sign a new contract?
    Please view the Lot Re-Selection Process.
  • Are you using the sunset clause to get my lot back?
    The developer will not invoke the sunset clause within your contract of sale to rescind the contracts of purchasers affected by the design changes.

 

Deposit

  • What will happen to my deposit?
    If you are an affected purchaser, depending on whether or not you choose to be part of the lot re-selection process your deposit will be transferred to your new lot or refunded to you along with any interest that has been accrued.
  • Why do I have to pay you another deposit, I’ve already paid you a deposit?
      – You will not have to pay another deposit. If you choose to be part of the lot re-selection process your initial deposit will be transferred and used as a deposit for your new lot.
      – In the rare case that affected purchasers are offered a larger lot than their initial lot as part of the reselection process, you may be required to top-up your deposit to 10 per cent.

What are you doing to resolve this?

The process timeline

  • I’m not able to make a decision at the time you specified, what do you want me to do?
    To ensure that all affected purchasers have an opportunity re-select their lot in a timely manner, we must be strict on the appointment time allocated to re- select your lot. Therefore, if you are unavailable to attend (or miss) your agreed appointment, you will lose your spot in the queue.
  • I’m away when you have allocated the time that we need to re-select a new block, what should I do?
    Please contact the Bridgefield sales team
  • I can’t come into the office the week you’ve nominated, what should I do?
    Please contact the Bridgefield sales team
  • I want more time to re-select my block
    To ensure that all affected purchasers have an opportunity re-select their lot in a timely manner, we must be strict on the appointment time allocated to re- select your lot. Therefore, if you miss your appointment, you will lose your spot in the queue.

 

The process queue and blocks available

  • What is my order in the queue?
    Your position within the queue is based upon the time you paid a deposit on your lot originally. You will be advised of your position within the queue when you are contacted by a representative of the Bridgefield sales team.
  • What lots can I choose from?
    An update to the stage plan showing available lots remaining, removing lots that were selected the previous day, will be viewable no later than 10am each day of the re-selection process appointments. Affected purchasers are advised to check the New Plans section http://bridgefieldliving.com.au/new-design-layout/new-plans on the Bridgefield website leading up to their appointment
  • Can I choose a similar block in a different stage?
    Yes, there will be a selection of lots available across Stages 8-10 as well as the stage of your current affected lot.
  • The block I want isn’t available. What should I do?
    Purchasers must re-select a lot at their re-selection appointment from the lots that are available at that time. If you do not choose a lot at this time, you will forfeit your place in the queue and will not have a further opportunity to participate in the lot re-selection process.

 

Contact and communication

  • When will I be contacted about the lot re-selection process

 

Stage 11 affected purchasers - communication timeline

On Friday 7th June - initial purchaser phone call
No action required by purchasers
On Saturday 8th June - call to schedule lot re-selection appointment starts
Affected purchasers will need to schedule an appointment time which will start on Wednesday 12th June
On Wednesday 12th June - lot re-selection appointments to be carried out
• Purchasers will need to meet their appointment time and re-select their lot.

Stage 12 affected purchasers - communication timeline

On Friday 7th June - initial purchaser courtesy phone call
No action required by purchasers
On Saturday 8th June - call to schedule lot re-selection appointment starts
Affected purchasers will need to schedule an appointment time which will start week commencing 17th June
Week commencing 17th June - lot re-selection appointments to be carried out
• Purchasers will need to meet their appointment time and re-select their lot.

  • When do I need to communicate my block preference?
    You will need to re-select your lot during your re-selection appointment. You do not need to communicate your lot preference to the Bridgefield sales team prior to your appointment.
  • Who can I call or email for more information?
    If you had a question or query, please don’t hesitate to contact the Bridgefield Project Team using the contacts listed below:
    Phone: (03) 03 9684 8135
    Email: [email protected].