28 Albert Street, East Gosford NSW 2250

Construction of Donated Ceremonial Tea House

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 4 months ago. It was received by them 3 days earlier.

(Source: Central Coast Council (Gosford), reference 011.2018.00055218.001 )

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  1. Jess Henderson commented

    This green space is used by so many in the area, not just for dog walking but picnics, kite flying, Tai Chi, kids learning to ride bikes etc and losing such a large chunk of the land will really affect the usability of the green space for the community. Don't get me wrong, I think the Tea House will be a lovely addition to the existing Japanese Gardens, but there are a number of other options for where they could build it that wouldn't have impacted the community and green space nearly as much as this! It also states that the floor level of the tea house must be 2.4m because of potential flooding - so this is hardly your normal "single story" building. Way too much impact on the beautiful waterfront reserve that will negatively affect the many many people who use it everyday :(

  2. Pam Merrigan commented

    It's a sad day when councils take away public land used by many for more commercial purposes. Too much of our water front is being swallowed by development of all kinds. I grew up in Gosford and as a someone who has watched the diminishing of public waterfront space I support the residents of East Gosford in maintaining this area for the greater public.

  3. Vanessa Fordyce commented

    This green space is used by so many in the area, not just for dog walking but picnics, kite flying, Tai Chi, kids learning to ride bikes etc and losing such a large chunk of the land will really affect the usability of the green space for the community. Don't get me wrong, I think the Tea House will be a lovely addition to the existing Japanese Gardens, but there are a number of other options for where they could build it that wouldn't have impacted the community and green space nearly as much as this! It also states that the floor level of the tea house must be 2.4m because of potential flooding - so this is hardly your normal "single story" building. Way too much impact on the beautiful waterfront reserve that will negatively affect the many many people who use it everyday :(

  4. Pauline Nesbitt commented

    I live in George street ,water end . and I can tell you this reserve is used by a large number of people exercising there dogs children playing ball and people just strolling around . Not against the tea house just where you intend to put it . Please leave this area free of buildings . Put it on the other side of the Japanese gardens

  5. Pauline Nesbitt commented

    I live in George street ,water end . and I can tell you this reserve is used by a large number of people exercising there dogs children playing ball and people just strolling around . Not against the tea house just where you intend to put it . Please leave this area free of buildings . Put it on the other side of the Japanese gardens

  6. Tony Kavanagh commented

    I am writing to lodge my objection to Gosford City Council's proposal (DA 55218/2018) to use 550 sq m of Caroline Bay Reserve to build a second Teahouse.

    The proposed site is zoned RE1 Public Recreation Zone. It is used at present as a recreational area for all and incorporates an off leash dog area.

    The proposed extension of Edogawa Japanese Gardens to incorporate a new Teahouse will impinge heavily on the off leash area and the general recreational reserve. Whilst some may think 550 sq m is minimal I would ask what type of reaction Central Coast Council would receive if it gave away 550 sq m of Grahame Park, Gosford Pool, the 1st fairway of Gosford Golf Course or the home straight of Gosford Race course.

    The off leash area is used daily by many residents for the wellbeing of their dogs, their children and in fact themselves. When nearby Elizabeth Ross Park was upgraded it was designated dog free which made the off leash area even more necessary. On a weekend Elizabeth Ross Park is used by families with small children whilst the neighbouring off leash area in Caroline Reserve is used for more robust recreation.

    As council allows further residential development in the East Gosford / Caroline Bay Peninsular area, and the dog culture grows, the number of dogs residing in the area is rapidly expanding. This changing footprint is creating more apartments and less backyards and surely must necessitate careful planning of the recreational infrastructure for our future needs. Decreasing the size of recreational reserves and the off lead area seems absurd.

    I believe it's my Council's role to prioritise the needs of its residents. The cultural and culinary needs of this area are well served by the existing Edogawa Japanese Gardens, Teahouse, Art Gallery and Cafe/restaurant and I don't understand why this complex has to be expanded at the expense of our parkland and breathing space.

    If its necessary to build a new Teahouse for the Urasenke Foundation why cant it be placed at a less obtrusive site around the garden complex or in fact replace the existing Teahouse within the grounds.

  7. Gary Sammons commented

    I am writing to lodge my objection to the proposed extension of Edogawa Gardens, by taking 550sq mtrs from the Caroline Bay Reserve.
    This is a wonderful green space for all Central Coast residents to use, in particular, an "off-Leash" area for dogs.
    Some days there are up to 20 dogs running and playing, as well as family's picnicking and socialising.
    I think that if Edogawa wants to improve it's "Tea House", perhaps build an authentic one within the existing complex.
    Central Coast Council, this is a unwanted encroachment on Public Land.

  8. Skye Erbacher commented

    Please consider an alternate location for this structure as the proposed location is used for recreational activities for residents and visitors. This beautiful green space by the water is an asset to the coast and is an example of what makes the Central Coast a desirable location to live and visit. Please reserve our green spaces for recreational use!

  9. Margaret Moon commented

    I would like to lodge my objection to DA55218/2018 as I believe that the needs of local families and dog owners have not been taken into account. I use the off-leash area very frequently to exercise my energetic young dog and would not like to see the available green space reduced so as to build a Tea House. I have no objections to the building other than it encroaching on the green space. I don’t see why the current tea house located within the Japanese Gardens cannot simply be replaced or upgraded.
    Many local families and visitors enjoy using the land for a variety of purposes and I feel strongly that we need to retain the space for recreational use.

  10. Stan Vesper commented

    The Proposal to build a new TeaHouse to replace the exisitng Teahouse at the Caroline Bay reserve will require 5050 square metres to be taken from the reserve.The reserve is currenly used for public recreatiion 550square metres represents a large part of the small Reserve,
    The reserve is popular and heaverly used by local school, families, and as and "off leash" areas for dogs. The smaller reserve means incresed congestion for users.
    The existing Teahouse is described in the "Council's Garden Guide" as being suitable for traditional Japanese ceromonies
    The exisitng TeaHouse could be modified or replaced on its present site and within the existing boundaries.
    The propsed new Teahouse will be commercial.Those partaking in the Tea Ceremony will be charged and when used for wedding or functions will be charged.
    Parking is already a problem in the area and will get worse.The population of Gosford and east Gosford is growing more open and public recreation areas are needed. this proposal will reduce the area for public open space recreation .There has been little public consultation for the proposal.

  11. Sandra Admson commented

    I am writing to lodge my objection to Council's DA/ 55218/18 which proposed to extend the Edogawa Japanese Gardens another 550 square metres into the Caroline Bay Reserve for a second Japanese Tea House. The extension will impact greatly on the large number of local and other Central Coast residents who use this lovely reserve for their recreation of walking, playing with their children, walking of their dogs,( as it is only one of such areas close by that this can occur). Residents picnic and carry out healthy exercising in the precise are where this extension will take place. My objection is not against another Japanese Tea House but the area in which has been pegged out by Council for this to take place. This area is the precise area where all the abovementioned activities take place. It is most suitable for these activites.There is a large area alongside the street side of the Japanese Gardens building where there is ample room for a new teahouse to be built without taking the 550 square metres as pegged out of our lovely reserve. Please do not take this lovely space for another commercial activity.

  12. Jenni Byers commented

    I am writing to lodge an objection to Council's DA/ 55218/18 - Tea House proposed for Caroline Bay Reserve and Dog Off leash Exercise Area. The proposal places the Tea House between the exisiting buildings and the water edge, requiring the land to be filled due to the water level. This essentially divides the reserve, forcing the public and their dogs to go closer to the waters edge and into the mangrove and wetland habitat to get from the reserve to the nature walk.

    If the Tea House was placed on the vacant raised site located on the eastern side (George Street side) of the reserve it would leave a natural openspace for the dogs to run, tai chi, family picnics and other activities that occur on this site.

    The choice of this particular area takes the best site for the tea house with no consideration of the other community activities that occur there; it is apparent that by placing it on the east side it would be a suitable compromise, better utilisation of the space and minimise risk to any fauna or flora sustained by the mangroves & mudlaps.

    Jenni Byers

  13. Errol Rodgers & Gail Rodgers & Loris Meldrum commented

    We do not agree with the proposal (DA 55218/2018) to use 550sq. metres of Caroline Bay Reserve to build a second Teahouse adjacent to Edogawa Japanese Gardens. There are enough coffee shops around without taking part of the off leash dog area. The dogs need lots of area to run in and because it is not fenced like some of the other off leash dog areas, we tend to throw the balls across the park to where you are proposing to build the Teahouse.

  14. Wendy Laing commented

    As a resident of George St, East Gosford, I strongly object to Council's proposal to use 550sq. metres of Caroline Bay Reserve to build a Tea House adjacent to Edogawa Japanese Gardens.

    This small public green space is used daily by many, not just dogs and their owners, and taking such a big chunk of it would be very sad indeed. We need more green space for our growing community, rather than more eating/drinking establishments, so I urge Council to maintain all of this valuable park land for the benefit of the greater public.

  15. Carol Sparkes commented

    I object to the councils proposal to build a tea house on the park land adjacent to the art gallery. This foreshore land is precious to the ever expanding population of Gosford and is constantly in use by the public. Council has only recently made an effort to clean up the rubbish and ferel, invasive weeds and vegetation that prevented access to the Northern end of the park and I am cynical enough to suggest that the half hearted effort is to push the park users further away into that small area so the main part of the park can be taken up by the tea house. This is public land and should be freely available to all, obviously once it is developed it is lost for ever. Cities need open green space. Why not use the land at the entrance to the gallery for the tea house or go up and capture the view.

  16. Sally B commented

    There should be as much open green space public land as possible on the foreshore for public use, for aesthetics and for exercise. Beautiful gardens and parkland. The parkland space shouldnt be taken up by commercial buildings. If need be, incorporate the new tea house into the gallery by building another storey on top. If proper thought was given this public land could be a world class foreshore area that attracts members of the public to its beauty and utility, and which benefits family activities, instead of catering purely to those who have a personal commercial interest.

  17. Carol Sparkes commented

    I object to the councils proposal to build a tea house on the park land adjacent to the art gallery. This foreshore land is precious to the ever expanding population of Gosford and is constantly in use by the public. Council has only recently made an effort to clean up the rubbish and ferel, invasive weeds and vegetation that prevented access to the Northern end of the park and I am cynical enough to suggest that the half hearted effort is to push the park users further away into that small area so the main part of the park can be taken up by the tea house. This is public land and should be freely available to all, obviously once it is developed it is lost for ever. Cities need open green space. Why not use the land at the entrance to the gallery for the tea house or go up and capture the view.

  18. Thanjon Michniewicz commented

    As a local resident I object to the construction proposal. Green space is an indispensable part of any community that should be celebrated as an asset and not seen simply as potential land to be developed. Such areas of green space as these are integral to both the local flora and fauna, including the nocturnal bioluminescent algae that illuminate the foreshore at nighttime, waterbirds that wander during the day, and especially the families and communities that already utilise this space for gatherings, recreation, meetings, and relaxation.
    As both a doctor and public health researcher, I emplore the council and local representatives to maintain as much green space as possible - it represents a great asset to the landscape and local community.

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