Meeting to discuss Sporties development application

Artists impression of the proposed Sporties development at old Woy Woy bowling clubArtists impression of the proposed Sporties development at old Woy Woy bowling club

The Save Woy Woy Waterfront Group is holding a community meeting to air public opinion about the Woy Woy Sporties development application at the Woy Woy CWA Hall from 10 am on May 27.

The application is for a multistorey senior-living complex with 63 apartments, five retail tenancies, a licensed club, an underground bowling green, an indoor fishing club, and a 136-space basement carpark, on a three-quarter hectare site adjacent to Lyons Park. “The meeting will provide an update on the campaign against the Sporties application and information about what will happen when the matter comes before the Joint Regional Planning Panel,” said group spokesperson Mr Ross McMurtrie. “Our last community meeting attracted around 100 local residents and led to the submission of 80 or so objections to Council. “That reflects the strong opposition in the community to this application.

“The objectives this time are to keep residents fully informed of progress so far and to let people know what will happen at the Panel hearing on the application. “Everyone who submitted an objection to Council will have an opportunity to address the Panel. “The hearing is coming up soon, and we need to be ready,” Mr McMurtrie said. “The Panel decision is merit based, so at the hearing we need to expose the areas where the application lacks merit. “That has been done already in public submissions to Council. “This time the application’s defects need to be revealed to the Panel, whether they concern perils due to flood risk, or loss of recreational space, or incompatibility with the character of surrounding homes and parkland, or deterioration of amenity, or the non-viability of a synthetic underground bowling green and an indoor fishing club, or noncompliance with Gosford LEP 2014, Gosford DCP 2013, and the SEPP for Seniors Housing and so on,” Mr McMurtrie said.

SOURCE: Media release, 17 May 2018 Ross McMurtrie, Save Woy Woy Waterfront Community Group