40-room boarding house proposed for North Gosford

A $4.12m, 40-room integrated boarding house, has been proposed for construction at 220 Henry Parry Dve, North Gosford.
The application to Central Coast Council included tree removal, demolition of existing structures and the construction of a part two, and part three,storey boarding house.
It would contain a total of 40 rooms/suites, and an on site manager’s room.
Parking for 21 cars would be provided over two basement levels.
The application for the new age boarding house has been made under the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009, according to a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) lodged in support of the proposal.
The SEE noted that the site is “subject to the State Government’s new SEPP (Gosford City Centre) 2018 and supporting Gosford City Centre Development Control Plan 2018.
The boarding house would accommodate 44 lodgers, including 36 single rooms and four double rooms.
Each room/suite would have its own kitchenette, full bathroom and living area.
The site is near Gosford Private Hospital, on the western side of Henry Parry Dve, and 300m south from the intersection of Henry Parry Dve and Dwyer St, North Gosford.
The 879 square metre site slopes with a gradient of 16 per cent, and is currently occupied by a single brick and tile dwelling with heavy vegetation.
“The proposed three-storey new age boarding house has been designed to comply with key planning requirements, including maximum building height and FSR controls,” the SEE said.
“The built form character along the western side of Henry Parry Dve is dominated by 3 storey flat buildings interspersed by low-density housing,” it said.
“As such, the development has been designed as a large three storey building that is consistent with Council’s height control and will positively contribute to the existing three-storey built form character along the western side of Henry Parry Dve.
“The subject site is ideal to accommodate a boarding house due to its proximity to essential services within the town centre, a large hospital, schools, child care centres and recreational opportunities, and is also serviced by public transportation,” the SEE said.
“The proposal will play a positive role in increasing the provision of short-term affordable rental housing stock within North Gosford by 40 boarding house rooms/suites.”

DA55669/2018, Dec 5
Gosford DA Tracker, Central Coast Council

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