Canton Beach boarding house to be determined by Joint Regional Planning Panel

Wallis St, Canton Beach

An application to build a $5.9 million, 29-room boarding house, at 1A Wallis Street and 8 Kantara Road, Canton Beach, will be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.
The proposal is for 29 studio apartments and associated landscaping and parking.
The project is a joint venture between Pacific Link Housing and Evolve Pacific Developments (EPD).
It involves the subdivision of two lots into three lots, and the demolition of an existing dwelling, to make way for the construction of a three-storey boarding house.
In addition to the 29 studio apartments, the building will include a manager’s room and associated parking for seven vehicles.
The site has been purchased by EPD, and government funding has been provided to develop it for affordable and social housing.
It was previously used as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre and is now vacant.
The provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 71 Coastal Protection, apply to the development, as the land is located within the coastal zone because of its proximity to Tuggerah Lakes and the coastline.
The State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 also applies.
According to the Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) submitted with the application, it is compliant in terms of floor space ratio and building height.

Whilst not strictly complying with the full accessible area requirements of the SEPP, it is considered that the parking requirement is 0.2 parking spaces for each boarding room, plus one parking space for each person employed in connection with the development and who is resident on the site, are adequate.
Advice has been provided by Positive Traffic Engineering / Planning in relation to the number of car parking spaces required for the proposed development, according to the SEE.
“The engineering advice is that the number of parking spaces is more than adequate, given the percentages of car ownership in this sector of the community, and that the transport amenity is suitable and accessible.”
Each room will have its own private kitchen and bathroom, and no room will be occupied by any more than two adult lodgers.
According to the SEE: “The proposed boarding house will provide affordable rental accommodation in accordance with an identified need within the former Wyong LGA, and will have positive social and economic impacts in that it will provide affordable and social housing accommodation for people in the locality.
“The housing will be managed by Pacific Link Housing, an experienced local Tier One registered community housing provider and registered charity, on behalf of EPD.
“The Canton Beach development is the second commissioned by EPD, with the ‘Talia on Chambers Place’ studio apartments at Woy Woy, constructed and fully tenanted following its opening in June this year,” the SEE said.
A plan of management submitted in support of the proposal said an onsite caretaker would be appointed to manage and run the daily operation.
Pacific Link Housing, as building manager, would coordinate all tenancy and maintenance matters.

Websites, Dec 4
DA1440/2017, Wyong DA Tracker
JRPP, development and planning register