Residents invited to participate in an assessment of controversial boarding house

362 Main Rd, Toukley

Toukley residents are being asked to participate in a Social Impact Assessment as part of a proposal for a boarding house and two shops at 362 Main Rd.

The development application is being prepared to present to Central Coast Council and must consider and investigate potential impacts and opportunities from the project.

A Social Impact Assessment will identify and evaluate the social implications of the project and develop appropriate management and enhancement strategies.

The proposal is within the retail precinct.

It will include demolition of the existing building and construction of a new two-storey building with two shops and two disabled access dwellings at ground level as well as 10 self-contained suites on the second storey.

There will be eight parking bays including an accessible space and a one for motorbikes.

A Boarding House Plan of Management will be made available for consideration during the public exhibition stage of the development application process.

Residents can have their say by completing a survey being conducted by AAP Consulting online.

All feedback will be used in a report as part of the development application for the proposal to be submitted at a future date to Central Coast Council.

The current building is a former single storey funeral home that had been converted into an eight-suite boarding house without approval.

A previous application in June 2020 to change the approved use from a funeral home to a boarding house was withdrawn by the applicant.

In August, another application to demolish the existing building was rejected by Council.

Sue Murray