A retirement village comprising 50 villas is being planned for Lake Munmorah.
Central Coast Council has received a development application from Oak Tree Retirement Villages Brown Plains Pty Ltd for the 2.005ha site at 205 Elizabeth Bay Dve, Lake Munmorah.
Public comment on the development application will be accepted by Council until October 11.
The site is on the eastern side of Elizabeth Bay Dr, south of the Pacific Hwy, and vegetation clearing and demolition of existing buildings started in August.
Location of the development is well placed near a senior citizens centre, doctor’s surgery, bowling club, supermarket and shopping centres, bus transport and other essential services.
Access to the site will continue to be from Elizabeth Bay Dr via a new dual entry/exit driveway and increased traffic in the area is expected to be only minimal.
The proposal is for self care seniors’ housing comprising 50 villas, car and caravan parking, village centre, swimming pool and bowling green.
There will be 20 two-bedroom villas in two different designs and 30 three-bedroom villas in three different designs.
Each villa has an enclosed patio and its own garage.
The village centre at the retirement village will include a hairdressing service, gym, toilets, store room, craft/billiards room, office, lounge, library and kitchen.
Hairdressing services will be in an area for an off-site operator as it is not an on site business.
The common kitchen area is not intended for commercial use, only for private use by residents, and not for the preparation of food.
Leisure activities will include a 47.5sqm swimming pool and a 234.5sqm bowling green.
There will be car parking for 17 visitors including two disabled spaces, 12 caravan parking spaces, as well as room for the village bus.
An on-site manager will oversee the day-to-day running of the village including gardening, maintenance and repairs and assist residents to co-ordinate social activities.
This proposal is permissible under the State Environment Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004 and complies with Wyong Local Environment Plan 2013 and Wyong Development Control Plan 2013.
When complete, the village will be operated by the Oak Tree Group in accordance with the Retirement Villages Act 1999.
The Oak Tree Group started more than 10 years ago and has an expanding portfolio of 28 villages from Cairns to Hobart, with 11 in NSW.
They specialise in building smaller more private communities with purpose-built recreational facilities.
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