131 unit development at Erina proposed

An artist’s impression of the proposed development

Residents have until November 2 to file a submission on a proposal for a major housing development at Erina.

The proposal, for 85-91 Karalta Rd, would see a mix of three and four storey residential buildings, containing 131 units, with basement parking and a social housing component.

Proponent the Abadeen Group described the project as “first class architecture”,

“Accessibility to housing stock is what the Central Coast needs right now,” said spokesperson Kade Astley.

“There is a lack of ‘stock’ on the market and rental vacancies are at an all-time low (less than 1%).

“Locals are finding it hard to find affordable rental properties and properties to purchase.

“Erina is a location is suited for a development of this scale.

“It sits right on the transport hub so little need for purchasers to drive/close to significant amenity; future residents can take public transport.”

The sites is currently occupied by two single storey brick residences which would be demolished to make way for the development.

Documents lodged with the application say the project slightly exceeds the maximum permitted floor space ratio, so a variation request had been sought under Clause 4.6 – Exemption to Development Standard – under the Gosford Local Environmental Plan.

Architect for the project, CKDS Architects, has designed the residential flat building and affordable housing project to produce a high quality residential development optimising the development outcomes for the site whilst being mindful of bulk and scale, the documents say.

The proposed landscaping has been designed so as not to block sight lines, with shrubs not greater than 1 metre in height and the canopy of tall trees to be no higher than 1.8 metres.

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