Long time reader, first time poster.
Recently bought a house in Melbourne (Banyule council), corner block in quiet suburban street with house set back on the block, leaving a large front/side garden. I want to utilise this space and make it private.
As the block was subdivided years ago, official council rules would require a permit for a fence. They recommend a decorative screening (read: expensive) with transparency (read: not private)… As on OzB'er I'm concerned the process makes it more expensive and complicated than it needs to be.
From people will more experience than me, if I get the ok from neighbours, is it worth just building something that fits into the neighbour 'feel' without a permit?