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Ward councillors vote for Farnell Rd approval
Nursing home receives visit from alpaca
Application for five-storey 83-room hotel in Ettalong
Two-storey 'boutique' boarding house proposed
Sand artistry at Kiddies' Corner
Better shopping centre access to George St
Hotel proposal draws comment before exhibition period
Democracy has failed, says residents' group founder
Council staff at odds over street tree planting
Chamber receives $30,000 to promote local business
Council staff recommend rate rise
Matting installed to provide wheelchair beach access
Volunteers wanted to water street trees
Wicks returned for third term
An honour to be returned, says Wicks
Tesch urges support for on-demand bus service
Donation to Men's Shed
CWA branch president speaks on radio
CWA celebrates Mothers' Day with scones
CWA branch shows second fastest growth in NSW
Scouts donate to community garden
Hospital supports employee cycling for cancer cure
Lions club holds tea cosy expo
Parenting program at community centre
Strom Talk for World Environment Day
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It takes a village ...
Sandplain lends itself to different drainage solution
Universities drive up house and rent prices
Stop outrageous boarding house development
Nasty mood at pre-poll booth
Metres of plastic propaganda is unacceptable
Demerit points are gained, not lost
Declare property portfolios and conflicts of interest
Climate action does not have much council commitment
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Morning tea attracts 250 people
Aged care facility receives accreditation
New barbecue and dining area opened
Women urged to take advantage of BreastScreen van
Chinese dance treat
Exemplary staff receive awards
New nurse educator starts
Volunteering for 76 years
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Jordan Richardson named as Archibald finalist
Artisan show planned for Wagstaffe hall
Literary lunch attracts 120
Bush poet speaks at Rotary club
Author talk at Woy Woy library
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'Inconsiderate' parents endanger school children
Drama students perform Harry Potter
Request to not visit skate park before school
Ag students attend Beef Week at Wingham
Third in Woy Woy Cup competition
Rugby 7s gala
Nathan wins $50 for remembering pi
Campus contributes to Adopt a Farmer
Woy Woy South to get new roofing
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Peninsula students dominate touch football selection
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Lions women retain top spot on soccer ladder
Ettalong venue for Senior Sides championships
Anja returns from Spain with silver medal
Fight night raises funds for PCYC programs
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Jemma Smith part of medal-winning contingent
Woy Woy's best performance despite defeat
Woy Woy does well in pennant competition
Margaret Smith narrowly defeated in grand final
Former Bunnies player signs with Melbourne Storm
Umina bowling club champion
Donations to children in Zambia
Umina United to celebrate 40th birthday
Young life savers attend Collaroy workshop

Application for five-storey 83-room hotel in Ettalong

An application for a five-storey 83-room hotel in Memorial Ave, Ettalong, adjacent to the Atlantis building would feature a guests-only roof top bar, lounge and swimming pool.

The exclusive roof top area brings the height of the development over the 17 metres limit to 18.6 metres high.

The roof terrace has structures for a bar, bathrooms and lift overruns plus rooftop services and glass balustrade around the pool.

The applicant argues that the site maximum height limit is exceeded at the centre of the roof plane and has no effect on overshadowing, privacy or views.

"Where it is seen looking south from Memorial Ave, the structure will appear as an integrated visual extension of the lifts which will be seen through the open courtyard."

Squillance Architecture submitted the proposal for 216-220 Memorial Ave which includes two levels of basement parking for 77 cars with the hotel rooms across levels one to four.

The estimated cost is almost $18.6 million

The application was lodged on May 13 and the public will be able to comment on the proposal until June 6.

The application states: "The inclusion of a roof terrace bar and pool supports tourism and the local economy and will assist in improving the external perception and awareness of Ettalong Beach as a unique coastal experience for tourism.

"The building's roof has been designed to create a highly amenable space that does not result in any significant negative environmental impacts."

The summary states that the building is "in some regards" non-compliant with the Gosford Development Control Plan 2013 but has been designed to provide a unique addition to the evolving architecture of the Ettalong Beach Town Centre.

It argues that: "the non-compliances do not result in any significant negative environmental impacts and instead contribute to a distinctive contemporary design of exceptional quality in the Ettalong Beach Town Centre".

The new hotel would overshadow some of the units at the new Atlantis building, reducing the minimum three hours of mid-winter solar access from three units which is a reduction of 14.3 per cent.

The applicant argues the proposal "does not have an unacceptable shadow impact on the adjacent development".

The lane to the south will be permanently overshadowed and the proposal does not provide a three metre setback.

A second lane does not provide the three metre setback where it provides back of house area and an existing substation.

The application argues that the proposal's non-compliance with built form controls does not result in a significantly greater shadow impact upon footpaths than would be permissible under a fully compliant scheme.

It says it is consistent with the aims of the Gosford Development Control Plan 2013 in that the proposal will enhance the built form of the Ettalong Beach Town Centre, create new jobs and establish a new high-quality hotel with associated facilities to increase the perception and awareness of Ettalong Beach as a tourist destination.

The hotel is proposed to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The roof terrace bar is proposed to operate from 8am to 9pm, seven days per week, with a maximum capacity of 60 patrons.

The ground floor restaurant and conference facilities are to operate 6:30am to 11pm, seven days per week, but with no external seating before 7am or after 10pm.

The parking report presumes 0.2 peak hour vehicle trips per accommodation room and adds up to about 17 vehicle trips per hour during the morning peak and 25 during the afternoon peak.

That number is offset by the volume of traffic "which could reasonably be expected to be generated by the existing uses of the site" including parking for some 30 cars which "can be conservatively assumed to generate 15 peak hour vehicle trips during the morning and afternoon peak hour".

The traffic report claims: "It is likely the proposed development will not result in any appreciable change in the traffic generation potential of the site during peak periods".

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