New hall proposed at retirement village

Pam Palmer HousePam Palmer House

Written submissions for a re-advertised proposal to redevelop Pam Palmer House at Peninsula Village on Pozieres Ave, Umina, close on November 8.

The proposal includes a new multi-function hall, alterations and additions to the Community Wellness Centre, tea house and staff room costing $2 million. There are three buildings at the site, according to statements provided by Constructive Dialogue Architects in support of the proposal. They provide “a combination of independent (retirement) living, hostel-style accommodation, and aged care with higher levels of support, such as dementia and palliative care,” the architect said. “The works that form part of this development application affect one of those buildings only, Pam Palmer House, a two storey building providing low care residential aged care for 104 residents on the lower level and independent (retirement) living units on the upper level.

“Pam Palmer House also contains large landscaped areas, an upper-level bowling green, a tea house, and a swimming pool. “Proposed work constitutes minor upgrades to Pam Palmer House only, aiming to create a more welcoming entry, a better community hall, and a larger wellness centre for residents.” The proposal does not increase occupancy numbers on the site and works “achieve full compliance with relevant planning instruments”. The proposed upgrade to the existing Tea House Pavilion intends to “make it more accessible for residents through better ramps and steps to an elevated deck around the tea house”. Peninsula Village proposes improvements to the entry and provision of a Wellness Centre within the existing building envelope as well as co-locating communal services and opening up the pool area.

The proposed multi-function hall is intended “to support general resident activities and expand the existing dining room area (currently too small to seat all the residents at one time”. The site is identified as Lot 1, DP 1089636 and has an area of 25,640 square metres. The main street frontage is Arras and Pozieres Avenue to the east and Kingsview Drive to the north, according to the consultant. It including three buildings: Pam Palmer House; Jack Aldous House; and Don Leggett House. According to the applicant, there is no impact on the natural environment due to the limited nature of work. “The site has been previously assessed as suitable for this usage.

“The work is only minor changes with very insignificant impact on the surrounding sites. “The amount and nature of waste generated on site will not increase, with adequate systems for waste management already in place. “There are no submissions relating to the Act or regulations of which we are aware. “Due to the nature of the social support provided by Peninsula Villages, the development is in the public interest. “In summary, there will be no adverse environmental impacts. “The proposed work has a positive impact by increasing the support the environment provided for residents. “This strengthens an important social service in the Umina area.”

SOURCE: DA54952/2018, 18 Oct 2018 Gosford DA Tracker, Central Coast Council