A development application for a seniors housing complex at 40 Bradys Gully Rd, North Gosford, goes to the local planning panel for determination this Thursday, August 10.
It is not to be confused with the adjoining property at 30 Bradys Gully Road, North Gosford which received approval for a 2-3 storey, 37-unit Senior Living Accommodation Development on 7 March 2019.
That was DA/52448/2017 and there is temporary fencing and a site office on the site.
Now the site next door (DA/62615/2021) seeks Council consent for the demolition of the existing house and the construction of a 3 storey Seniors Housing residential flat building comprising:
- 45 Self-care seniors housing units with 5 x 1 bed units and 40 x 2 bed units
- Basement car parking for 54 vehicles, service and waste rooms
- Rooftop communal open space terrace and ground level courtyards and landscaping.
Council staff’s report to the panel outlines the number of times the staff have asked the applicant to withdraw the application due to issues with design and supporting documentation.
The report states that Council is of the opinion that the amendments should not be accepted as the documentation does not meet requirements of the planning Act and does not sufficiently address the fundamental matters raised.
The recommendation to the planning panel is to reject the application.
The proposed seniors housing is self-care with a maximum of 15 staff on a roster system Monday to Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday 8:00am to 2:00pm: and none on Sunday.
“The applicant has advised that whilst meals, cleaning services and personal and nursing care are available to residents, these are not included as standard within the development and are provided on a ‘user pay’ basis,” the report states.
Later in the report, Council says the proposed development would provide seniors housing dwellings, which is supported in principle.
“However, the proposal has not adequately demonstrated that that development is compatible with the desired future character of the zone,” the report states.
“The application has not demonstrated that it pays adequate regards to the environmental constraints of the site or that it can adequately mitigate its impacts.
“The proposal has not demonstrated that it exhibits best practice design given its FSR, height and setback non-compliances and amenity issues.”
The panel meets at 2pm in its usual format of meeting online. If there are any public speakers, that part of the meeting will be public and can be seen on youtube.