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Dual occupancy application requests street tree removal

Central Coast Council has received an application for the construction of a two-storey dual occupancy development at 83 Booker Bay Rd, Booker Bay.

It includes the removal of a large healthy street tree.

The application, prepared by Clark Dowdle Associates, states that for each unit the ground floor consists of "a single garage, bedroom, bathrooms, lounge room with an adjoining outdoor dining area and a laundry".

The first floor for each unit consists of "two bedrooms, bathrooms, open dining, kitchen lounge room with adjoining deck".

"The proposal includes a small in-ground pool in the rear yard for each dwelling, combined driveway, stormwater systems and landscaping."

The application states: "The proposed development includes a suitable area to incorporate landscaping round the periphery of the site and within the front setback to soften the built form when presented to street, including two medium-sized street trees to establish tree canopy and encouraged by (planning provisions).

The application claims the proposal complies with all controls in the Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan.

It is also claimed that "the building would be modulated in a manner to alleviate monotonous design".

This is hard to confirm as the front and rear elevations are missing from the documents on public display.

The application includes the removal of a street tree in front of the property.

"The proposal requires the removal of one tree from the nature strip to allow the construction of a new driveway for lot one," it states.

"Notwithstanding the removal of the tree, the character of the leafy area would be retained."

The tree is a large brush box, with the nearest street trees three doors away on each side.

The monetary value of the tree using Melbourne City Council's "Urban Forest" method is estimated by the local Grow Urban Shade Trees group to be at least $20,000.

This application is open for public submissions until October 17.

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