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'Pre-DA' comments reveal council staff thinking

Comments made by planning staff at the "pre-DA" meeting in December 2021 for the proposed three-storey block of flats at 124 Broken Bay Rd have been revealed in the application.

The details of the meeting, which are not normally release by council, give some insight into the initial thinking of council planning staff.

The comments and responses are summarised in a table in the application prepared by James Lovell and Associates.

Staff comment: Building height has an eight per cent non-compliance.

Applicant's response: The application is accompanied by a written request for an exemption under clause 4.6 of the Central Coast Local Environment Plan 2022.

Comment: The gross floor area will need to include excess car spaces.

Response: The basement level has been amended to limit the number of car spaces to 15.

Comment: Concern about lack of deep soil areas.

Response: The application is accompanied by a landscape plan which provides for extensive deep soil landscaping within the setback to the front boundary.

"The proposed landscaping includes a continuous row of slim bottlebrush, with a mature height of height of metres, between the access driveway and north-eastern side boundary.

"The remainder of the setback to the north-eastern boundary includes an extended deep soil planting zone, with the proposed landscaping including a hierarchy of trees with a mature height of three to eight metres, shrubs, groundcovers and grasses."

Comment: View sharing principles are required to be addressed, with a view analysis submitted with the application.

Response: The topographical conditions of the site, and the configuration and orientation of surrounding properties are such that the proposed development will have no significant or unreasonable impact on any existing views.

Comment: Demonstrate solar access is achieved to proposed dwellings and adjoining dwellings to side and rear boundaries. Shadow diagrams need to be provided with the DA. Response: The application is accompanied by shadow diagrams which demonstrate that the surrounding properties will be individually impacted for a period of less than three hours between 9am and 3pm in mid-winter.

Comment: Rear setback is encroached by balconies that may impact to the amenity of the adjoining properties.

Response: The proposed development has been amended to increase the setback to the rear boundary, and exclude any balconies from the rear setback area.

Comment: Locating common access ways directly adjoining bedrooms results in visual and acoustic conflicts and is not supported.

Highlight windows may provide visual privacy but results in poor outlook and does not provide acoustic privacy.

Response: The common access ways have been designed to provide convenient access to the individual apartments, with the lift core and access pathways designed with a maximum of four apartments accessed at each level.

Comment: There should be a minimum of a one metre separation with screen planting between units and adjoining public paths and access ways.

Response: The proposed development provides minimum setbacks of at least one metre between the units and the internal pedestrian access way. Comment: The centre courtyard is located above the carpark and will require planters with adequate soil volume and depth to support significant landscaping.

Response: The application is accompanied by a landscape plan which provides planter beds within the central courtyard of sufficient depth to support the proposed landscaping."

Comment: Level 1 planter boxes between common walkways and bedrooms are supported in principle but are located beneath the upper level and are unlikely to receive adequate light and rainfall.

Response: The central walkway and surrounding open space are generally orientated towards the north-east, circumstances in which adequate light will be available.

"A landscape maintenance schedule will be implemented to ensure the landscaped areas receive adequate water."

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