153 objections to Tumbi Umbi rehab home

The property at Tumbi Umbi which could become a refuge for drug and alcohol rehabilitation

Tumbi Umbi residents will be re-notified of a proposed transitional home for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in their area after Central Coast Council receives more information.

Council has given the applicant of a proposed transitional home at an existing house at 30 Bakali Rd, Tumbi Umbi, until August 17 to provide more information.

Once this information has been received the application will be re-notified for 21 days and people who lodged a submission will be included within that process.

A total of 153 submissions objecting to the proposal were sent to Council when the plan was on public exhibition during June and closed on July 3.

Council’s records indicate that the subject property was sold on May 7, as some of the submissions note.

Council has indicated that the sale date and/or price was not a planning matter for consideration as part of the assessment of the application.

The proposal will go to the Local Planning Panel for a decision as more than 10 submissions were received.

One submission from the residents’ committee of a nearby Forresters Beach Retirement Village said such an establishment posed a risk to the elderly and vulnerable in the community.

Council says that as the development application was still under assessment, no date for referral to the Local Planning Panel has been set.

The proposed change of use to a transitional group home would see up to eight residents in the house.

A permanent on-site manager’s residence would be located above the garage of a second dwelling on the site.

The transitional group home would be for male residents who are in alcohol or drug rehabilitation.

Various programs would be held on site, such as psychologist sessions, Salvation Army counselling, Mission Australia services and Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous sessions, the development application said.

Merilyn Vale

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