Developer appeals crime-stopping consent conditions

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The developer of a controversial building in West Street, Umina, has applied to Council to delete consent conditions related to crime prevention.

Conditions of consent for the $7.6 million mixed use development at 211-213 West Street included the requirement for the developer, Pierre Saab of Sans Filters Pty Ltd, to implement Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and strategies.

According to Central Coast Councils letter of consent from February 2017 the CPTED strategies were supposed to “minimise the opportunity for crime”.

However, the developer lodged an application on July 5 for the condition related to crime prevention to be deleted.

The Council’s consent required the developer to “provide adequate lighting to common areas as required under Australian Standard AS 1158 Lighting for roads and public spaces and paint the ceiling of the car park white.

It required the design of landscaping adjacent to mailboxes and footpaths to prevent concealment opportunities for criminal activity.

The development was to be designed to avoid foot holes or natural ladders so as to minimise unlawful access to the premises.

The developer was also to provide signage within the development to identify all facilities, entry/ exit points and direct movement within the development.

A system of Closed Circuit Television was also to be installed of a type and in locations on the site that would record high-quality images of all public areas within the site.

The mixed-use building is located on the corner of West and Morris Streets and garnered around 90 public submissions against its approval.

The application to delete the consent condition that relates to crime prevention is under assessment according to Central Coast Council’s DA tracker.

Jackie Pearson