A $100m development on John Whiteway Dr, Gosford, comprising five residential towers and extensive landscaping, has progressed to the next stage of consideration with the NSW Planning Department.
The proposal would see 260 apartment units in the five towers over six, eight and 12 levels, and two levels of basement parking providing 423 spaces on a 2.3ha site.
The Department has issued the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the project, to be assessed as a State Significant Development, with applicant JWD Developments having two years to lodge a Development Application and an Environmental Impact Statement.
While the proposal exceeds height controls applying to the land, variations to height restrictions will be considered through the design review process.
In an Architectural Design Statement, ADG Architects said the site, at 87-89 John Whiteway Dr, was unique in that it was well positioned as a viewing platform, was protected by bushland and yet still connected to the CBD.
“Often CBDs are places of disconnection and isolation for residents, however, we believe that this site will create a unique lifestyle for future residents,” the statement said.
“Through landscaped vistas and small footprint design, the buildings will allow the site to be activated via numerous outdoor amenities.”
These would range from communal gathering/meeting areas, such as bocce and tennis courts, to elegant walkways blending into the natural environment.
The towers would be of slender design, offering view corridors to Rumbalara, Presidents Hill and Brisbane Water, the statement said.
The facades would be designed to reflect the natural topography with the utilisation of green roofs and other elements.
The development would aim to cater for families, first home buyers and downsizers.
Major features would include luxury pools and decking, raised planters, active turf areas, communal outdoor dining, a coastal bushland walk, golf putting greens and rooftop gardens.
AGD Architects principal, Anthony Kelly, said the development would be “not like anything in Gosford at the moment”.
“It is extremely important to integrate the community up there already and also the landscape,” Kelly said.
“We are now starting to work through the EIS and DA process and we’re targeting approval within 12 months, with construction hopefully to start late next year.
“There is a lot of work to be done, from detailed design to engineering and environment work.”
JWD Developments is a commercial and residential construction company specialising in apartment and nursing home conversions as well as residential home construction and refurbishment.
NSW Planning Department Major Projects site, Jun 6
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Anthony Kelly, Principal, ADG Architects