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Housing strategy proposes 75 dwellings per hectare

Central Coast Council's draft Local Housing Strategy proposes housing densities on the Peninsula of up to 75 dwellings per hectare or more and a rezoning to R3 "around existing centres (Woy Woy, Ettalong, Umina)".

At 75 dwellings per hectare, each dwelling would have a footprint of just 133 square metres.

The Peninsula is described as having desired density and mix "contexts" labelled as outer suburban, inner suburban and general urban.

These provide for between 30 and 50 dwelling per hectare, "unless within 800m of strategic centres and public transport corridors, which should achieve a minimum of 75 dwellings per hectare".

Under "opportunities", it describes the Peninsula as an "established area with strong network of services and amenities. High character local centres."

The recommended "action required" is to "utilise R3 zone as a frame to better focus character-led infill around existing centres (Woy Woy, Ettalong, Umina) led by Peninsula Place-based Plan".

The Peninsula is one of 17 social planning districts within the Central Coast used by the draft strategy.

It says that the Peninsula district has the largest populations.

It states that it is "not near the major centres of employment or service delivery of Gosford, Tuggerah, Wyong and Erina, requiring populations to travel to access work and services".

Despite observing that "opportunities to deliver housing closer to jobs and services is likely to offer benefits for future residents and the Local Government Area in general", the actions required by the draft recommend changes which would increase densities.

The draft also states that the net "take-up" for new dwellings is likely to be between 1663 and 2352.

However, it does not set a target or revised take-up figures based on changes to planning provisions.

The draft points to the high number of second or holiday homes on the Peninsula that are not available to local residents for rent and therefore exacerbate the shortage of rental housing.

It also criticises the lack of smaller dwellings on the Peninsula, pointing to the small average household size and the large number of sole person households, which do not need the three and four-bedroom houses produced by developers.

There are no specific recommendations for the Peninsula to address these issues.

The draft strategy says the Peninsula is the fifth most densely-populated district.

The average age of 46 is only exceeded by Toukley at 47.

It has the second highest incidence of sole-person households after Gosford.

It has the third lowest average household income and the third highest percentage of renters (27%) just below Gosford and The Entrance.

It shows the second highest proportion of residents in rental stress (40%) just below Gorokan.

Conversely, levels of mortgage stress are low.

It is third in numbers living in medium density housing (29%).

The draft Local Housing Strategy is available at Submissions will close on May 3.

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