Two boarding houses proposed & another receives construction certificate

Aerial view of the proposed site for the student accommodation at Niagara Park.Aerial view of the proposed site for the student accommodation at Niagara Park.

Two boarding house proposals, at Niagara Park and Wamberal, are currently being assessed by Central Coast Council, and a third, in Beane St, Gosford, has just been granted a construction certificate.
A construction certificate has been granted for a $4m, 36-room boarding house at 9 Beane St, West Gosford.
The site is in close proximity to the redeveloped Gosford Hospital.
The DA was lodged in 2016, and consent was granted in February, 2017.
The second proposal, to build a $1.7m integrated 25-room boarding house, for use as student accommodation, is at 16 Washington Ave, Niagara Park.
The proposal is for a two-storey complex, with a gross floor area of 677 square metres.
The site of the development is behind the Niagara Park Shopping Centre.
The proposed development involves: removal of an existing pathway and single tree; and construction of a two-storey student accommodation building (676m2) comprising 24 student bedroom suites; kitchen/dining common room and laundry; and manager’s office and accommodation suite.
The proposed student accommodation is categorised as a boarding house for the purposes of State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009.
Under both the SEPP and Gosford Local Environmental Plan 2014, boarding houses may be carried out with the consent of the Council on the subject land, which is zoned B2 Local Centre.
Each of the proposed boarding rooms includes private bathroom facilities but they do not have private kitchen facilities.
“Kitchen and dining is alternatively provided in a communal living/dining room,” according to the SEE submitted in support of the application.
The third proposal, at Wamberal, is for a 10-unit boarding house, one caretaker’s residence and one garage at 16 Calais Rd, with works valued at $696,000.
The Wamberal proposal is for a two-storey development on a 620 square metre site.
The zoning is R2 Low Density Residential and a boarding house is permissible with consent.
An existing residence will be demolished to make way for the new building, consisting of 10 boarding rooms, each containing bedroom, ensuite, kitchen, living/dining area and laundry space.
One ground floor room will be accessible and access to first floor rooms will be via two stair wells, at the front and back of the building.
The caretaker room will be located on the ground floor, to the rear of the development, and there will also be an indoor communal living area adjacent to the caretaker’s room.
A covered car port with two parking spaces and two motorbike spaces will be provided.
According to the SEE submitted in support of the DA, the proposal completely complies with planning guidelines.

DA54849/2018, Aug 1
DA54865/2018, Aug 1
Gosford DA Tracker, Central Coast Council