Construction certificate issued for multi-dwelling project
A construction certificate has been issued to enable commencement of a multi-dwelling housing project at 9 Priestman Ave, Umina.
Existing structures will be demolished on the 720 square metre block and replaced with three units with works estimated to cost $550,000.
Approved by Central Coast Council in September 2017, the project required significant variations from the requirements of the Gosford Development Control Plan 2013.
According to Council's assessment report for the project, it required variations of between 40 per cent and 75 per cent to setbacks, a 38 per cent variation to car parking and a 29 per cent variation to articulation.
Each unit will contain two bedrooms and a single garage.
According to the assessment report, the applicant had submitted a written request stating that compliance with the development standard was unreasonable and unnecessary in this instance as the non-compliance would have no effect on adjoining properties and noting the variation would allow three two-bedroom units rather than two three-bedroom villas.
"In assessing the applicant's submission, it is noted that the proposal was well within the allowed floor space ratio and height limits under Gosford LEP 2014.
"The proposal is consistent with the development density, scale and style of medium density residential development supported by Council on similar sized land parcels in the Peninsula.
"From the street, the proposal will have a similar appearance to surrounding developments.
"The proposal would be within the environmental capacity of the land and not be detrimental to the surrounding properties or the public domain.
"Despite the minor variation, the development is not considered to impact on the amenity of residents or adjoining properties.
"Being single storey units, the development will not adversely impact on adjoining properties in terms of privacy or overshadowing.
"The proposal is generally consistent with development controls for multi-dwelling housing.
"It is considered that the extent of the variation is insignificant and the lot size is adequate to accommodate the proposed multi-dwelling housing development without compromising external and internal amenity.
"The proposal is consistent with the objectives of the zone and character of the area, is of high quality design, incorporates articulation and detailing and is consistent with the bulk and scale of development on similar lot sizes in the area.
"The applicant's written request has adequately justified that compliance with the development standard is unreasonable and unnecessary in this instance and there are sufficient environmental planning grounds to justify contravening the development standard," the assessment report concluded.
Gosford DA Tracker, 7 Mar 2018
DA52242/2017, Central Coast Council