The Local Planning Panel has reaffirmed its previous refusal for a development application at 1 and 3 Alfred Street and 315 West Street, Umina Beach.
The applicant wanted to construct commercial premises and shop top housing to a height of five storeys when the planning controls allow for four storeys.
The panel stated that there was no compelling reason to justify the exceedance of the height limit.
The developer wanted to depart from the building height standard by 10 per cent to bring the building up to five storeys with 14 units above two commercial spaces but was knocked back in December 2021.
This review included amended plans but the report to the panel said the height was still the same – five storeys when the standard for the area was four.
The decision was unanimous when the panel met last week. The minutes of the meeting have been published today.
In other matters dealt with at the meeting, the panel also refused a multi dwelling at 16 Warrah Street, Ettalong Beach and another one at 34 Warrah Street, Ettalong Beach.
In both instances, the panel said the proposed developments of three units would not be in the public interest because it was not consistent with either the objectives of the minimum lot size for multi dwelling housing development standard or the objectives for development within the Residential R1 zone.
The panel recommended that Central Coast Council consider conducting a strategic planning review of the planning controls, development provisions and character statements for Umina, Woy Woy and Ettalong, to ensure there was consistency.
It said the relevant controls, provisions and character statements applicable to each locality, should give clear direction and expectation on the desired future character of these suburbs.