Housing provider seeks amendment to block of flats

An affordable housing provider has applied to Central Coast Council to amend its application to construct a residential flat building in Woy Woy.
Pacific Link Housing Ltd has applied to “reallocate adaptable units” and relocate the bin area within its 12-unit residential flat building proposed for 1 Waratah St, Woy Woy.
Designers ADG Architects said: “During the development of the detailed design documentation for the Construction Certificate, the client and design team have identified several design improvements that can be made to the development.
“These improvements will provide improved resident amenity and usability of units; reducing impact on adjoining neighbours and community; and overall enhancement of the development outcomes and community benefit.”
ADG Architects said the “Tier 1 Registered Community Housing Provider … has had extensive experience with the design and use of adaptable units by tenants”.
“The original development application identified the adaptable units as Unit 5 and Unit 9, which are located on levels one and two respectively.
“Ideally the adaptable units should be located on the ground floor, as this provides the resident with level access to their unit from key entry points (car park, entry path, street access etc); access to more level private open space with landscaped courtyards; removal of reliance on the mechanical lift to access their home; closer proximity (reduced travel distances) to their allocated car parking space, and access points such as the main entry pathway, public footpaths, bus stops and community facilities.
“During the detailed design process, the architects have been able to reconfigure the floor layouts of units one and two to be adaptable.
“Units one and two now provide a more efficient and user-friendly payout for tenants.
“We do not believe that the changes associated with this design amendment generate any impact on the neighbouring properties, and hence request that this item is not required to be publicly notified.”
The $3.2 million residential flat development was approved by Council in February.
It will consist of 12 units of which three one-bedroom units will be affordable rental housing under the provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing 2009).
Council received five submissions in relation to the DA before it was approved.

DA Tracker, 24 Sep 2020
DA56801/2019, Central Coast Council