A shop top housing proposal for 10-16 Painters Lane, Terrigal, goes to the planning panel on Thursday, June 23, with a request to modify an earlier development approval.
Council recommends the panel rejects the amended plans.
The proposal is for part of the “Rapedo” lands, an amalgamated site enclosed by Painters Lane and Campbell Crescent which years ago attracted its own amendments to the former Gosford Council’s Local Environment Plan (LEP).
The developer says the amended plans are basically the same as the development approved in 2015 for two five storey towers with commercial space and 31 units.
Now, the plans include an extra basement level for parking 22 cars and fewer (23) but larger units, some now with four- and five-bedrooms, increasing the floor space ratio (FSR) from 1.34:1 to 2.09:1.
Four of the units are now on the ground level.
Gross Floor Area (GFA) is increased by about 1,868m2.
Pedestrian bridges on the first, third and roof levels, and a central lift would connect the two buildings.
The approved application provided a 6.5m-wide gap between the buildings to provide a view corridor from Painters Lane and to disguise the bulk and scale of the development.
Council said the addition of the lift, connecting walkways and larger balconies on levels 1 and 2 have eliminated this view corridor and increased bulk and scale.
“Although there is no change in overall height, there is a change in the visual bulk and building footprint,” Council’s report to the planning panel states.
The chapter of the Gosford Development Control Plan dealing with Terrigal Village Centre mentions ensuring that future buildings “neither dominate this coastal setting nor intrude unreasonably onto coastal and ocean views that are available from surrounding residential hillsides”.
The Statement of Environmental Effects from the proponent says the development will contain a variety of housing types offering both short-term holiday accommodation opportunities as well as more permanent and “barefoot executive” housing.
The site has access to Campbell Crescent via a right of way over the adjoining sites which form part of the wider Rapedo development.
The report to the planning panel included a supplementary document with two added pages that addressed the 22 public submissions the amendment attracted.
The panel meeting starts at 2pm and is expected to include speakers for and against the development.