Save Our Woy Woy submits objection on Farnell Rd
The Save Our Woy Woy community group has submitted an objection to a new application for 18 units over five house lots at 8 Farnell Rd, Woy Woy.
It stated that continuing approval of developments of this style would "create an environment that would make the Peninsula virtually unliveable".
A previous application for 34 units was approved for the site in May 2019, despite objections from local residents.
The group has objected to the new application on the basis that it does not meet minimum standards in the State Government guidelines for "Low Rise Housing Diversity Design".
In particular, the group said that the internal laneway design did not meet the standard for safe pedestrian and vehicle movements.
"With virtually no overwatch, no separate pedestrian walkways and vehicles frequently reversing from both directions, this 'running the gauntlet' will be extremely hazardous, especially for young children," the submission stated.
The group also objected on the grounds of non-compliant setbacks, a non-compliant floor space ratio, car-parking encroaching into setbacks, unarticulated buildings , a wasteful use of space, and "too many units and cars - not enough landscaping".
The group said the application was based on an invalid traffic report and an outdated arboricultural report, and was not in the public interest.
"If the 18 units planned for this site are all fully occupied, the human population could be as high as 75.
"It is extremely likely that the total number of cars owned by residents will be well in excess of the number of resident car parks provided (29)," the submission stated.
"It is not logically possible for such mass injections of extra vehicles to be repeated ad nauseam down the length of Blackwall Rd without major infrastructure improvements well in excess of the tweaking of a few intersections."
The submission stated: "The suggested common areas for residents and landscaping are token affairs when compared to the huge area devoted to cars.
"The laneway down the middle of this development will be stark and sterile with one line of garages facing another line of garages across a 6.26 metre wide laneway that runs the
entire length of the site.
"We already have one of the hottest suburbs in NSW due to the lack of shade trees.
"We are in grave danger of creating an environment on the Peninsula that is virtually unliveable.
"Where are our priorities?" the submission concluded.
DA Tracker, 25 Mar 2021
DA 060666, Central Coast Council