LPP rejects Mt Penang development proposal

Chair of Central Coast Local Planning Panel, Donna Rygate

A proposal for a six-lot subdivision in Mt Penang Parklands at Kariong which would have seen three fast food outlets and vehicle repair premises has been refused by the Central Coast Local Planning Panel

The $8.5M proposal would have seen McDonalds, Oporto and Taco Bell outlets on The Avenue, along with a Bridgestone Tyre outlet plus landscaping which would have included mostly native shrubs, accents, groundcovers and grasses.

A Statement of Environmental Effects prepared by the Stevens Group in support of the Development Application said it also sought approval for associated external road works, site works including earthworks, landscaping and servicing as well as carparking and signage.

Following the receipt of dozens of submissions and a recommendation from Central Coast Council for refusal, the Panel voted unanimously at its December 10 meeting to knock back the proposal.

It also recommended Council make representations to the Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation, Transport for NSW, Heritage NSW and other stakeholders encouraging them to prepare a comprehensive strategy that addresses all environmental and planning issues relating to future use of the precinct.

The Panel’s reasons for refusal included:  the refusal of concurrence to the proposed access driveway by Transport for NSW; the refusal by the Heritage Council of NSW to grant General Terms of Agreement due to the impact on environmental heritage; and the proposal not being satisfactory with regard to relevant environmental planning instruments, plans and policies.

The Panel found the proposal did not conform to the provisions of Gosford Local Environmental Plan 2014 and Gosford Development Control Plan 2013 and significant issues or impacts had been identified under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Local Planning Panel
minutes, Dec 10
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