Wales to consult client before meeting residents
Local planning consultant Mr Matthew Wales has told the Save Our Woy Woy community group he would ask his client before agreeing to discuss the proposed $11 million Farnell Rd development with the group.
The development would see a 37-unit three-storey block of flats and seven two-storey townhouses built in place of four houses on the corner of Blackwall Rd.
Principal of planning consultants Wales and Associates, Mr Wales told Save Our Woy Woy president Mr Harvey McDougall he would contact his client.
"Regardless, I am happy to keep in touch with you," Mr Wales said.
Mr McDougall wrote to Mr Wales, who is also Peninsula Chamber of Commerce president, to invite him to meet with residents.
He asked Mr Wales to "explain to them why you think our suburb needs to have developments that do not respect the character of Woy Woy".
"I am a resident of Woy Woy and do not wish to have our suburb changed into a concrete jungle similar to Sydney suburbs," Mr McDougall said.
"I am sure that you can understand the community's anger and concern for their suburb.
"Its history and holiday atmosphere are what make Woy Woy and it is not necessary to change that dramatically at this stage," he said.
Mr McDougall and Mr Wales copied the Peninsula News in on their email exchange.
"In relation to your request that we meet with local residents to discuss your concerns, I will seek instruction from my client in this regard," Mr Wales said.
"I would also confirm that this office takes seriously our obligation to consider public submissions and objections to this development and would also confirm that we will be responding to those submissions with a formal response to Central Coast Council."
The proposed development has resulted in well over100 objections being lodged with Council.
Mr McDougall and Save Our Woy Woy have also started campaigning for a review of zoning in certain areas of the Peninsula.
Email, 16 Jul 2018
Harvey McDougall, Save Our Woy Woy
Matthew Wales, Wales and Associates