Prior to sale, the previous owner of the entire 31-43 Cameron Street “block” obtained a permit which would have seen the four terraces demolished and replaced with a three-level, 16-unit residential complex with an underground car park.
However, recently lodged applications approved by council will see the four single-storey homes retained.
Three of the Cameron Street homes are single-fronted, and have been approved for a second-storey extension.
A fourth terrace is double-fronted, and has been approved only for a single-storey extension – presumably a move to “neutralise” any advantage this larger home (on a larger parcel of land) might have on the game’s outcome.
In The Block, couples offer to the market similar properties they have renovated to their tastes, and before the cameras.
The 2011 series is the first time contestants will renovate (and rebuild) houses. Previous shows centred around apartment redevelopments in Sydney’s Bondi, Manly and Vaucluse.