Hundreds object to boarding house proposal
Hundreds of submissions have been lodged against an application to build a $2.6 million boarding house and cafe at 302 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong.
Many objections are based on rumours and fears that the boarding house would accommodate drug addicts, alcoholics and people released from prison.
In answer to questions from Peninsula News, Gosford Council's media unit stated: "There is no evidence that the boarding house will be used as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre or similar operation as has been suggested.
"At this stage, council does not have information relating to the likely occupants of the boarding house.
"The DA has been lodged under Division 3 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009.
"Under the SEPP, there are no requirements in relation the occupants of the boarding house, other than that each room will be occupied by no more than two occupants.
"There is no requirement for affordable rental, or for the boarding house to be operated by a social housing provider."
The boarding house would be three storeys and comprise 30 units with a floor area of 1470 square metres.
The development would include a cafe and outdoor seating area and the boarding house which would include a manager's residence at first and second floor levels and a trafficable roof area.
A Statement of Environmental Effects, prepared on behalf of the applicant Simon and Betty Elias - ADG Architects, stated that "careful consideration has been given to the design and layout of the proposed development to ensure that the amenity of the surrounding area will not be compromised and that the work provides a high standard of redevelopment, compatible with and sympathetic to the existing and likely future built and natural environment".
The ground floor would see a cafe on the corner of Ocean View and Ferry Rds, a reception and manager's office and car parking for 14 vehicles including one disabled space.
The first floor would have 14 boarding rooms with individual balconies, each with a kitchenette and bathroom facilities, a common area, terrace and manager's unit.
The second floor would have 15 boarding rooms with balconies, kitchenette, bathroom, common area and terraces.
Each room would have a floor area of approximately 16 metres square excluding the kitchen and bathroom areas.
The roof would have a clothes-drying area and recreation area.
It would require the demolition of a single storey building comprising three retail tenancies and a cafe and covered courtyard area with a garage and shed structures at the rear along with a clad house.
The site is zoned 3(a) Business General under the Gosford Planning Scheme Ordinance, and according to the Statement of Environmental Effects, the development is consistent with the objectives of the zone "in that the development will retain and relocate the retail and cafe components respectively which will continue to provide for the shopping and service needs of the community at a regional district and/or neighbourhood level".
Under the provisions of the Gosford LEP, the site is zoned B2 with which, according to the Statement, the proposed development is consistent in that "it provides opportunity for a broad range of services and facilities to serve the local population".
The statement also claims that the design of the proposed development has had appropriate regard to crime prevention.
"There are limited opportunities for anti-social behaviour within the development and it is likely that the proposed development will present a low crime risk."
It also states that the development is not contrary to the public interest.
"The proposed development is consistent with the relevant objectives of the zone and will not have any significant impacts on the environment.
"Furthermore, the development is such that it will attract customers to the area, increasing the potential for increased clientele for the existing businesses."
Gosford Council has received hundreds of submissions against the proposal with many stating that the boarding house would provide accommodation for drug addicts, alcoholics and people released from prison who have no accommodation.
A submission by Helen and Kelvin Gullivar of Killcare stated that the application was "completely out of context with the area which has developed a delightful village atmosphere over recent years".
A submission by Ettalong resident Catherina Anderson also objected strongly to the "disturbing news".
Ms Anderson's submission said she was "shocked that anyone with any brains would decide to build such a facility in Ettalong".
"The boarding house, as I read, will be housed for drug addicts, alcoholics and jail releases.
"How am I meant to feel with this kind of element and my three daughters; can you assure their safety?"
Killcare resident Mr Robyn Wilmot also lodged an objection and said that Ettalong had a "complete lack of services for these type of people".
"Ettalong itself is a sleepy, quiet retirement-holiday area with only, as far as medical support is concerned, two pharmacies and two local doctors.
"The Central Coast itself struggles to meet the heath needs of the general population, with an acute shortage of doctors and other health professionals in most suburbs."
The DA is still being assessed and is on public exhibition for community comment until Monday 3 March.
Website, 27 Feb 2014
Development application 44920/2013, Gosford Council