Residential flat building proposed for Canton Beach

Artist’s impression of proposed flat building

Affordable housing provider, Pacific Link Housing Limited, has lodged a development application with Central Coast Council to build a 14-unit residential flat building at 8 Kantara Road, Canton Beach.

A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) submitted in support of the DA said the development would be a two-storey residential flat building with the cost of construction for the proposal totalling $4.5M (inclusive of GST).

According to the SEE, the site is zoned R3 Medium Density Residential under the Wyong Local Environmental Plan 2013 (WLEP) and a residential flat building is permitted within that zone.

Key features of the proposal include:

• Construction of a two-storey residential flat building above an existing fill pad, comprising 10 x 1 bedroom units and 4 x 2 bedroom units;

• Vehicular access from Wallis Avenue and Kantara Road;

• 15 at-grade car spaces, including two adaptable spaces and one visitor space;

• Ancillary services and infrastructure, including a stormwater retention tank;

• Retention of 3 significant trees and removal of several smaller trees;

• 371.2 square metres of soft landscaping across the site and retention and protection of one mature eucalyptus tree and two Norfolk Island Pine trees.

The proposal is considered to provide an “appropriate response to identified environmental constraints, including flooding and significant trees.

“Its approval will result in the provision of much-needed apartment style housing (including adaptable housing) in an attractive location in a built form that is compatible with both existing development and the desired character for the locality,” the SEE said.

“The site’s proximity to high-amenity recreational areas, the town centre of Toukley and bus routes providing convenient access to the Wyong centre make the site suitable for the development of medium density housing.

“Canton Beach predominately comprises of low-density residential development, with holiday park style tourist and visitor accommodation, recreational uses and public open space orientated along the lake foreshore.

“A registered club and playing fields are located to the north-east of the suburb along Hibbard Street and a retirement village operated by RSL LifeCare (‘Long Khanh Lakefront’) is located in the central-southern extent.

The site has an area of approximately 1,473m² with frontages to Kantara Rd and Wallis Ave of 61.01m and 20.77m, respectively

The site has been substantially cleared and accommodates a fill pad raised to 0.8-1.2m in height. These works were undertaken as part of the redevelopment of the site and adjoining allotment approved under DA 1440/2017.

The fill pad is constructed above the flood level, and designed to enable the flow of flood water in the case of a 1 in 100 year event without creating adverse downstream impacts.

Each unit will include an open plan kitchen, living and dining area; a separate laundry and bathroom (including some with ensuites); and one or two bedrooms, each with built in robes.

All units would have a private covered balcony or terrace directly accessible from living spaces.

Each unit also includes air conditioning, instantaneous electric hot water, timber look flooring, security intercom and MATV systems.

Two of the units at ground level (Units 1 and 2) have been designed to be adaptable.

The building will have a significant micro inverter solar PV system on the roof, and retention and reuse of rainwater within the landscaped areas.

The application is currently on exhibition and submissions can be made via the DA tracker on Council’s website.

DA1691/2021, Nov 30
Central Coast Council DA Tracker