The Local Planning Panel deferred a decision on a four townhouse development to replace the Umina Vet Surgery at 168 West Street, Umina Beach.
The deferral was to allow the applicant to submit a revised design that provides a minimum one metre landscape strip along the eastern boundary of the site, extending from the front property boundary to the rear elevation of townhouse 4.
The matter is to come back to the Panel within four weeks of the September 14 meeting.
The proposal, estimated at $1.2M, went to the panel with a council recommendation to approve it.
“The proposal proposes variations to some of the controls within the Gosford Development Control Plan 2013 (GDCP 2013) relating to setbacks, private open space, visitor parking and deep soil planting,” the council report stated.
“The development is recommended for support as the objectives of the relevant clauses of GDCP 2013 have been met notwithstanding numerical non-compliance.”
The exhibition period, in March-April of last year resulted in 12 submissions objecting to the proposal. The final plans were received on 29 June 2023.
“The amended plans made minor changes to external finishes that simplified the appearance of the building and provided additional engineering detail,” the council report stated.
“Given that the amended plans were minor in nature, resulted in no change other than to the matters of external treatments and engineering detail it was determined that re-notification of the plans was not warranted.”
The site is within walking distance of the Umina Beach Shopping Centre and Umina Beach.