New 48 unit North Gosford development approved

Location of the development in Nth Gosford. Map: Google Maps

A new 48 unit residential flat building is set to add to the influx of highly anticipated, condensed multistorey developments sprouting around Gosford City.
The development, which is poised to revamp housing opportunities in Range Rd, North Gosford, is one of four major housing approvals announced over the summer.
The five storey, $12 million development, will join Bonython Tower (155-163 Mann St), the Creighton’s building (27-37 Mann St and 125 Georgiana Tce) and the Residential Flat Building planned for West Gosford (10-14 Fielder St), in refocusing the region’s property market on apartment style living.
According to the Development Application’s Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE), the development proposes to demolish existing structures at the site (14-16 Range Rd) to construct the 48 unit Residential Flat Building and 68 car spaces.
The site comprises two allotments with a universal area of 1,897 square metres, with a front boundary consisting of 35.44m, a rear boundary of 33.53m, a western boundary to Dunbar Lne of 62.89m and an eastern boundary of 50.47m.
The SEE describes the locality of Range Rd as a hot bed for development, with a variety of existing dwellings being replaced with contemporary, medium density, unit accommodation.
The SEE also suggests that despite the grandiose nature of the development in comparison to other completed developments neighbouring the site, it still aligns with both the desired future character of the locality and Council’s planning controls, with other planned developments of similar height and capacity poised for development in the locality.
The building floorplan submitted along with the DA outlines: Two basement levels set aside for mixed use parking and storage; split use ground floor plan containing parking and four different styles of units; 14 bicycle spaces and five different styles of units for Level 1; 10 different styles of units for Level 2; nine units for Level 3; 11 for Level 4; six different style of units and a communal open space rooftop terrace for Level 5 and a similar terrace and two units on Level 6.
Designated unit styles include: studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom units.
The plans state Council should approve the RFB development because: “The proposal complies with the above objectives by contributing to a range of housing to meet the needs of existing and future residents, provide a trip generating use in a location accessible to transport and centres, and to provide a high standard of urban design.”
Plans also state the site coincides with Gosford’s General Residential Zone, established to accommodate the forecasted surge in residency for the region over the next 25 years.
In relation to public interest, the SEE states: “The proposed development is of a high quality architectural design and has been designed to relate well to its site, adjoining sites and to the streetscape in terms of appearance, envelope, setbacks, bulk and scale.
“The proposed development will be in the public interest, as it will provide a more appropriate building form and will protect the residential amenity of adjoining properties.”

Feb 1, 2017
Dilon Luke, Journalist

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