Three townhouses proposed for sub-standard site
An application to replace a house in Gallipoli Ave, Woy Woy, with three townhouses has been lodged with Central Coast Council.
The estimated cost of work is $600,000.
The site at 52 Gallipoli Ave is between two blocks to the west, each of which contain three two-storey townhouses, and an approved development for six units on the east.
The application seeks consent for the demolition of the existing dwelling (and ancillary structures) and the erection of three three-bedroom town-houses with front courtyard fencing, not dissimilar to its neighbours to the west.
The 742 square metre allotment is 15.24 metres in width, 48.7 metres in length. The site does not meet the minimum lot size required by the planning provisions of 750 square metres for multi-dwelling housing.
Vehicular access is proposed via a common driveway to separate garages provided for each unit.
The application prepared by consultants Clarke Dowdle and Associates states: "Council in its planning assessment have conceded that the prescriptive requirements outlined within the Multi-Unit Housing and Residential Flat Buildings chapter are unrealistic for medium density development to occur within the Peninsula area.
"The economic feasibility to consolidate allotments and provide such little yield due to the loss of land available in regards to the required setbacks is onerous and rather the assessment of villa style development has been taken into account the context of what is been established and recently been approved by Council."
The application lists 22 approvals dating back to 2011 of "multi-unit development with the same design scale, height, setbacks, site cover and parking".
The building footprint is not contained within the setbacks required by the planning provisions.
According to the application, the proposal does not have the required front setback of six metres, but a front setback which varies from 2.04 metres to 4.23 metres.
Side boundary setbacks do not meet the minimum of 3.5 metres, but vary between 1.1 and 2.8 metres to east and down to 1.16 metres to the west.
A rear setback requirement of six metres is also not met, with the setback varying between 2.04 metres and 4.23 metres.
At 40.64 metres in length, the proposal exceeds the maximum permitted depth of a building of 25 metres.
The application states: "The proposed side and rear setbacks, in particular the side and rear entail non-compliance.
"The single allotment creates a constraint to designing multi-unit design and provide appropriate floor area and vehicular access.
"The single lot scenario has been accepted by Council so long as proposed setbacks would allow the incorporation of appropriate private open space areas behind front courtyard fencing that would have direct access to the living areas with appropriate solar access.
"The proposal would be commensurate the scale and design of multi-unit development within the medium density zone and would allow an appropriate area for front and rear perimeter landscaping treatment."
The applications lists 18 approvals dating back to 2015 that were "essentially the same as what has been established historically".
It states: "The proposal provides increased housing density which is well designed to meet residential needs and is commensurate with the character of the surrounding area.
"Given the absence of adverse environmental, social or economic impacts the DA is submitted to Council for assessment and approval, subject to necessary conditions of consent."
DA Tracker, 26 May 2021
DA61858, Central Coast Council