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Collapse Issue 582:<br />13 Nov 2023<br />_____________Issue 582:
13 Nov 2023
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Hart tree plan sees minimal canopy increase, panel told
Sunshine welcomed crowds to festival and market stalls
Peninsula News: A community activity
Booker Bay listed as top location for future climate risk
Peninsula may miss out on Crown Lands funding
Remembrance Day service held at Vietnam memorial
Burst water main affects Ocean Beach Rd
A rewarding day for Clean4Shore co-ordinator
Aunty Di to speak at 'tent embassy' installation
Club prepares for annual Christmas tree sale
Patonga brigade gets a fire boat
Ferry Rd foreshore trees to be replaced
Trivia quiz is on Saturday, not Sunday
Rotary club to hold annual volunteers' Christmas lunch
Indian restaurant is named best in regional NSW
Apprentice chef wins London trip with scholarship award
Marine Rescue Central Coast splits for new Terrigal unit*
A different fire truck in Pearl Beach*
Morning teas mark personal milestones
Supporting persons with disabilities to seek higher office
Crime prevention officer addresses CWA and Rotary*
Christmas at The Bays trivia night*
Tawny frogmouth family back together
CWA branch hold Remembrance Days ceremony*
Line marking agreed for Cowper Rd*
Visitor information centre seeks volunteers*
Pearl Beach Christmas dinner*
Tribute to Jane Bowtell in State Parliament*
Games Month celebrated at library*
Rotary club sponsors Ugandan sewing workshop*
Fashion and luncheon at pre-school*
Woy Woy CWA branch sees largest increase*
Activities planned for Umina library*
Prepare an emergency kit, brigade urges*
Three falls of more than 10mm
Amendment seeks 'coastal' design and tree removal
Two-storey arched window planned for waterfront house
Council recommends refusal for multi-dwelling proposal
Study finds Government resists risk-based planning
Coastal guidelines have 'no statutory power'
Men's Shed saga continues with amendment lodged
Beachfront properties could become 'stranded assets'
What we need is ambition for ourselves
Just say 'no' and re-organise carpark
Many unanswered questions on Woy Woy baths repair
General practices to receive government grants
New 'household' on display at aged care home
Bowls club donates $2600 to Central Coast Health*
New ward billed as largest private unit on the Coast*
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Troubadour Concert will feature two ensembles
A creative Christmas with polymer beading*
School musical costs $55 for 'family of four'
School for Seniors faces closure without new committee
Selected for State water polo team
Students learn of the day Greece said no: OXI Day
Federal Speaker visits Woy Woy
Teachers win excellence awards
Evacuation practice held at Woy Woy South*
St John's bands perform at Bandfest*
College principal to attend primary parents' meeting
Principal and deputy put on 'delicious spread'
Rotary club to support First Aid for all primary schools
School collects gifts for St Vincent de Paul*
Voting for school captains takes place this week*
Aboriginal activities at Year 6 transition program*
Saskia wins 'reconciliation challenge' award*
Parent forum for school planning*
Eight teams compete in League Tag gala day*
Teaching award for Woy Woy South
Legacy opens applications for scholarship program*
College student is women's golf champion of champions
Umina crews finish strongly in first round of competition
Liesl Tesch is a legend, says Basketball NSW
Major Fours final at Everglades
Disabled surfers association holds volunteer training
Southern Spirit cricket results
'A real problem to solve' at bridge
Youth bowls tournament has $1000 in prizes
Netball association announces representative teams
Rugby club announces coaches for next year
Selected for inter-branch surf life saving competition
Electronic keypad for tennis courts
Outrigger club brings home the gold*
'Good week' for pennant teams*
Six bridge players in Tomaree Congress
Cup Day was a day to remember*



Council recommends refusal for multi-dwelling proposal

A proposed multi-dwelling development at 8 Priestman Ave, Umina, was considered at the meeting of the Central Coast Local Planning Panel last Thursday, November 9.

There had been 11 public submissions against the application DA/397/2023.

The council assessment recommended refusal, stating that the building height and floor space ratio exceeded the maximum permitted.

The report stated: "An extrapolation of the southern-most first-floor ridge to the surveyed existing ground level has indicated a building height of more than 8.5 metres (which exceeds the maximum permissible height).

"Assessment of the application has also revealed a miscalculation the gross floor area, excluding areas of laundry, garbage storage and unspecified use within the proposed garages.

"Measurement of these areas demonstrates an additional gross floor area that results in exceeding the permissible floor space ratio of 0.5:1.

"The applicant has not provided an appropriate statement in accordance with Clause 4.6 with regard to non-compliances with development standards."

Other non-compliance with planning provisions included "rear setbacks, private open space and fencing, sunlight access, car parking, landscape design and cut and fill".

At the Panel hearing, the only speaker was Mr Francis Wiffen who spoke in support of the Council recommendation on behalf of the Peninsula Residents Association.

Mr Wiffen praised the council for its "diligence and attention to detail" and stated that "the Association wholeheartedly supports the Council's recommendation for refusal".

Mr Wiffen raised the issue of contribution of gunbarrel" developments such as this to "the dramatic loss of tree canopy and vegetation cover on the Peninsula".

He said the scale of the problem was illustrated by the fact that Council Administrator Mr Rik Hart's proposal to "green the Peninsula" with 8500 trees would only increase tree canopy by three per cent, when 30 per cent was needed to alleviate the heat island effect.

Allowing applications that did not comply with the planning provisions would "push us even further into the red zone".

The Panel is expected to release its decision this week.

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