454 Ocean Beach Road, Umina Beach NSW 2257

Construction Of A Two (2) Storey Boutique Boarding House With 11 Rooms. Alterations To Existing House To Create Managers Residence. Six Car Parking Spaces Demolition Of One (1) Dwelling And Out Building

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

(Source: Central Coast Council (Gosford), reference 011.2019.00056417.001 )

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  1. Stuart Davidson commented

    This proposed developed should not be approved under any circumstance!

    The development is a complete waste of a valuable block in an already over crowed area of Umina.

    The area is full of families who I'm sure like myself are extremely concerned about this type of proposed development and the type of people who would be stay there. Also I can't understand how this type of development could be considered by the council in such close proximity to a local primary school.

    Also in addition to my concerns about the proposed use of the block the proposed design of the new building looks terrible and to my untrained eye seem to break a number of local planning rules i.e. floor space ratio, areas of deep soil planting etc.

  2. Local resident Umina commented

    As a local resident of Umina I without questions oppose this development.

    This development is not in keeping with the community and village nature of the area or the current community use of the area.

    The council should not be approving these developments. The size, style, and proposed use are in direct conflict with the community expectations and in contrast to the local government area development rules. The councillor must stop ignoring the regulations for development in our area and this council must stop ignoring the residents concerns.

    If these developments continue local residents need to start protesting at the council doors and demand the council act in the interests of local residents.

    The major needs to ask - are you really wanting to be the person who led the destruction of one of the oldest and most beautiful community areas on the central coast.

  3. Julie commented

    This appears to be an horrific eyesore and will destroy the appearance of the area.

    Needless to add that the development does not meet any of the planning guidelines.

    Unbelievable that such a development could possibly get the green light from our council.
    What use are the planning guidelines? There seems to be no limits to what this council will approve.

    I certainly do not want such a development in Umina, let alone only metres from the surf club, where so many children spend their time. As a USLC member I am horrified at what a "boarding house" will mean for our club and beach.

  4. Reuben commented

    Definitely opposed to this development Umina is a family friendly area. What types of people will be staying in the boarding house will they be safe around children? With a successful surf club and a primary school Very close is this really the type of development the area needs ? Umina has changed a lot in the last 10 yrs for the better, how would putting this building in affect the community.
    Concerned surf club member.

  5. Christina commented

    I have moved to the area recently and am horrified that a boarding house is placed so close to a primary school, family area and surf life saving club. Absolutely against this kind of development and concerned that the council does not want to improve the area.

  6. Don Terrill commented

    This should not be approved , we are over populated as it is , no more multi storey dwellings of this type or granny flats

  7. Mel B commented

    Not a good idea thanks

  8. Kerri commented

    No way should this go ahead so close to a primary school the beach or a park... who nos who they will put in this boarding house..... a big NO from me

  9. Umina resident commented

    What a ridiculous proposal! Pull your heads in!

  10. Nick Haughain commented

    I fully support the approval of this application. It should be the responsibility of the community to look after and support those who need our community's support.

    The proposed development is in a central location with good access to services, shops and public transport. The development is in line with the character of the street with a substantial number of medium density residential developments already there.

    The Central Coast Council should approve this development.

  11. Rachel Weir commented

    I support the approval of this application, provided that it meets appropriate planning guidelines for floor space, greenery, parking etc.
    And provides the rooms at affordable rents for the disadvantaged within our community.
    Rents in the area are very high for single people on low incomes.
    The proposed development is in a central location with good access to services, shops and public transport. The development is in line with the character of the street with a substantial number of medium density residential developments already there.

    The Central Coast Council should approve this development.

  12. Carolyn commented

    As a local resident I fully support this development and hope it enables the uplifting of the disadvantaged in the area.

  13. Zoe L commented

    Dear Council. In an area that is publicly attempting to become gentrified, (ie Approval for revamp of nearby Peninsula Recreation Precinct. ) why would you considered putting a boarding house in a family friendly street and located less than 500m from the Public School and SLSC? I STRONGLY oppose this application.

  14. Ric T commented

    As a local resident of Umina I cannot believe council would even consider this application. The submission does not meet any planning controls and would be a complete eyesore to the natural amenity of the area. Umina is trying to improve itself over the past 10 years from a crime and liveability perspective. Lets not send it backwards by approving a development like this!

  15. John Petersen commented

    Silly location. The residents are locked in with only the odd bus for transport. The train lies at woy woy and north of it. Look elsewhere. Umina has become unsafe enough as it is. A resounding NO for Umina.

  16. Judi Brookes commented

    I oppose any such construction of a boarding house so close to a public school, park and surf club. This is family area and serviced by the local community and many visitors to the area who choose to stay at Ocean Beach caravan park. Over the last few years we have seen a massive "clean up" of this area, and do not want to see it slip back.
    I would like to have more detailed information of the type of dwelling and the market it will be available to. What is your definition of a boarding house?

  17. M. Albrecht commented

    I strongly disagree with this application.
    Umina is a family friendly area and more and more a beautiful holiday destination for a lot of people.
    In a time where a family with two working adults cannot afford to buy a house it is not understandable to consider building a boarding house in a prime location like this.

  18. Sharnie commented

    We do not live in a small country town. We are in the twentyth century. What happened to help thy neighbor. Put yourself in some one else's shoes for a moment you do not know their circumstances. Don't judge a person you do not know they might save your life one day. As some have commented it is near a school - you don't know what type of people will move in there. DO WE really know our neighbors our friends or any body in fact.. I FULLY support this application support your local community

  19. Leanne commented

    I don’t agree with this development. It will devalue the property’s in this area. There is limited parking in this area at the moment with hope church and cwa hall. Now a medical centre being built across the road again limited parking. In the school hours the traffic is horrible. There are children whom try to cross in this area and I have seen several near misses. I father was actually hit in this area on a Sunday morning not alit of traffic then. My family lives across the road from the development and we have not received any notifications regarding this. When will this happen.

  20. Mike commented

    Council approved the Boarding House at Woy Woy and that has bought nothing but trouble. You now have people drinking and arguing on the street out the front of Woy Woy Oval and the library starting as early as 9 am in the morning. The water front and Memorial park is also littered with overflow of these people. I do not think it is a good idea to replicate the same model in Umina. I do not support this application. I look at the Woy Woy model and it has failed miserably. I realise not everyone that stays at the boarding house is a problem. However there is nothing imposed to ensure the problem few don't clean up their act. I do not consider drinking alcohol each and every day of the week and fighting in the street as being part of a community.

  21. Evan commented

    It would be nice if council could learn from the mistake that it’s residents have to deal with every time we’re at Woy Woy. It’s funny how they tried to build a similar building at Ettalong a few years back and the local residents ‘disagreed’ and before anyone could blink it’d been given the go ahead at Woy Woy. There is now a very real social issue happening in Woy Woy. If this goes ahead it will be detrimental to Umina residents. Not only this it will be placing the boarding residents at a disadvantage as public transport is challenged in this area. Put in the mix the school, the surf club and the children’s playground so close..............really? So once again we’re to live with the wants of the minority out weighing those that contribute to their area. Those who make it a better and safer place to raise kids and who try to improve the lives of those around them.
    So that’s a NO from me.

  22. mr concerned commented

    There has to be a more appropriate location for this boarding house? any boarding house? where do you locate these buildings in suburbia? are there criteria? can developers place them anywhere they like? It will impact the local neighbourhood and sort of not really fair to the residents that have made it there home.
    lots of questions, need answers.
    l

  23. Emma Jordan commented

    Please take note that this street is used by primary school children walking home from school (sometimes unsupervised) this has alway been thought of as a safe area very close to a large primary school with approximately 800 students. Two surf clubs again with a large Nipper’s community, and one of the largest public park/play areas on the coast. I understand that the boarding house needs to go somewhere but have all these factors been taken into consideration, when considering who the residents will be?

  24. G commented

    I strongly appose the application in response to local road infrastructure (local road and parking) already been well beyond capacity combined with boarding houses being renowned for unfortunately delivering social problems.

    Infrastructure - already past capacity examples:
    ~ Ocean Beach Road heading towards Woy Woy station during peak times is already well past its capacity.
    ~ Car Parking around the location is also past capacity eg Umina Markets, Nippers, Umina Beach Big 4 Caravan Park access during Christmas time, Umina Recreation Area every weekend.

    Social Issues - Sadly this is the reality
    ~ A boarding House should never be approved and constructed within proximity of Schools or venues that deliver children's programs such as child care and surf life saving clubs.

    ~ Council has a responsibility (Duty of Care) to the Community and must own the reality of the situation and do what they can to minimize potentially negative social impacts to the existing community particularly in a location that receives a high volume of local and non local visitors on weekends and during school holidays.

    ~ Negative Disturbances within this highly sensitive precinct will have a profound impact upon local business (West street) and tourism.

    ~ Whilst walking distance to shops is a positive, having a Boarding House within easy walking distance to seven alcohol serving venues ie 2 x Bottleshops, 1 x Pub, 1 x Bar, 1 x Club & 2 x surf clubs (I'm probably missing some) surely warrants a "no".

    The reasons for a "NO" in this location surely outweighs the request for a yes. Council we vote you in to take your Duty of Care seriously!...Please select a location that has not got such a stretched infrastructure problem via local and external community usage and another location that does not have an existing high density of children's venues and alcohol distribution centers all within close proximity.

  25. Billy Davis commented

    I strongly oppose the approval of this development. It should not take place in the heart of Umina Beach. I have lived here for nearly 24 years, my whole life. I’ve witnessed this beautiful suburb develop from what used to be referred to as Mt Druitt By the Sea, to one of the most prominent suburbs on the central coast. People love visiting the area and it is a holiday hot spot. The proposed development will bring down the perceived value of property in the immediate vincinity directly affecting the people in the surrounding houses. We need to enrich this area it is the pride and joy of peninsula. Put these type of developments out of the way in the back of Woy Woy where there is better access to community services and public transport. Obviously the proposal hasn’t been thought through for the well-being of the people to board, more to line the pockets of the developers. Disgraceful and selfish idea.

  26. Luke C commented

    I’m very much opposed to this development application, it’s in close proximity to schools, parks and other areas frequented by children. From all the reports I’ve heard about the boarding house in Woy Woy I definitely don’t want one in my area, it will affect property prices and potentially the safety of the community.

  27. Remy Fillios commented

    I strongly oppose this development!
    As a mother, I’m concerned for the safety of my children and all the other school aged children who walk directly past this location to get to and from school, the beach and the park.
    As a member of the community I’m concerned about the demographic of residents who will be residing there. Will drug and alcohol abuse be as prevalent such as it is at the boarding house in Woy Woy?
    This would be a terrible mistake for such a family friendly community!

  28. Peta Saley commented

    I strongly oppose this development, my principal concern would be the children not only from the local primary school, but numerous local primary schools and child care centres who frequent this street to access the beach and sporting fields which are used seven days a week.
    The Umina Precinct is major drawer card to Central Coast families and tourists, this precinct park is about to have millions of dollars spent on it and it is within walking distance of the proposed development.
    The present character of the street and area with many villas and town houses occupied largely by older residents and families makes this development location a bad fit.
    Please reconsider this location, hundreds of children walk past this site every day, there is no police presence and the precinct park being within walking distance makes the location unsuitable.

  29. Tom Sharma commented

    Terrible idea that I completely oppose.
    The proposed development is too close to the local primary school and soon to be re-built recreational precinct as well as in between two busy surf clubs which attracts high volumes of youth and pedestrian and vehicle traffic. All of which are within walking distance of the proposed development. Too many kids walk these quiet streets with minimal to no police presence.
    The location is already overcrowded with cabins, units and duplex living in surrounding area as well as minimal parking for shopping and at the surf club car parks. Many of the residents in the vicinity are elderly, and such a proposal would impact on their standard of living, e.g. noise pollution, drug & alcohol incidents coming from the location.
    The proposed development will certainly devalue local homes in the immediate vicinity and will put off potential home buyers looking to invest making this a detriment for our community that we simply cannot afford. We should be cleaning up Umina. How about a development that will give back to the community rather than take away from it?!
    Umina is a tourist destination hot spot and such a building would only detract tourists and diminish our tourist & holiday appeal.
    A much more viable option would be develop such a building at the back of Woy Woy (better public transport options, more available land, less of a community impact).

  30. Shane commented

    Totally inappropriate style of dwelling for the Umina Beach area and I whole heartedly oppose.

    Recent flooding of the area with secondary dwellings -I.e granny flats, has led to massive spike in population and an increase of traffic. Not sure if coincidental or not but crime levels are out of control.

    Proximity to one of the largest primary schools on the central coast and surf clubs /park precinct is also of massive concern.

    As a long time local resident I just see this as another grab for cash by a developer, who thinks that adding the word “boutique” will detract from the fact this will be just a slum of the future.

  31. Georgia Davis commented

    I strongly oppose the approval of this development. It should not take place in the heart of Umina Beach. I have lived here my whole life. I’ve witnessed this beautiful suburb develop from what used to be referred to as Mt Druitt By the Sea, to one of the most prominent suburbs on the central coast. People love visiting the area and it is a holiday hot spot. The proposed development will bring down the perceived value of property in the immediate vincinity directly affecting the people in the surrounding houses. We need to enrich this area it is the pride and joy of peninsula. Put these type of developments out of the way in the back of Woy Woy where there is better access to community services and public transport. Obviously the proposal hasn’t been thought through for the well-being of the people to board, more to line the pockets of the developers. Disgraceful and selfish idea.

  32. Thom Newman commented

    I wholeheartedly oppose this development in Umina Beach.

    Umina it’s self is the most densely populated area on the central coast. If you look on a map, you won’t find anywhere near as built up with the exception of Sydney CBD. The area is quickly becoming over populated. Add that to the holiday visitors and it’s excessive.
    Umina lacks the infrastructure to support the residents that live here already, never mind incorporating a group of people that have certain needs like these.

    The development is way too close to the largest primary school on the peninsula with many children making the transition of walking to school unsupervised.
    The street is a main access road to the local beach which also means children use this road to access the beach.
    There are also many elderly in the area and on this street who would be also left vulnerable and worried about such a development and the type of characters this development would bring to Umina.
    One person mentioned that the development is fitting with the area and this couldn’t be more wrong. The building it’s self being double story is out of character for the local area and it would stand out like a sore thumb.

    Woy Woy already has a major problem with homeless people living in the parks and the streets there, which nothing seems to be being done about.
    Woy Woy would be a far more suitable location to help these homeless and other people and it also has far better public transport links, and access to better amenities to support such people such as the Centrelink and Medicare centre there. The local infrastructure would be far better suited to cope with such demands.

    Crime is also high in Umina due to the distinct lack of a Police station and constant lack of police presence. Again, Woy Woy would be far better equipped to deal with such a development for the crime level increase that would undoubtedly follow which is already far too high.

    I am not opposed to the idea of the development to help people that need it, but I am extremely opposed to the location being in Umina which is very clearly an inadequate location.

  33. Umina Beach resident commented

    I oppose of this development. It should not take place in Umina. I have lived here for 24 years, it is a holiday hot spot. The proposed development will bring down the value of property. Put these type of developments out of the way in the back of Woy Woy where there is better access to community services and public transport. Do not build this! No thought has been put into it at all

  34. C Wilkinson commented

    I strongly OPPOSE to this development. How did the Woy Woy boarding house turn out?

    Umina is over populated enough with the high volume of multi living developments and granny flats. No more should be approved.

    Placing this development so close to the local public school, surf club and family precinct is a terrible idea. Not to mention it is in the heart of the town and main road.

    Don’t put such an eyesore in the heart of such a beautiful town

  35. Annette commented

    I don’t think this is a community friendly idea. I with many others oppose this

  36. Del commented

    What an absolutely terrible idea.
    Central Coast Council can removed all our parks and playgrounds overnight with no regard for our local children, and now going to build a dwelling like this near our beach and local school.

    West St is over congested as it is!

    Would you allow it near Avoca or Terrigal Beaches?

  37. Paul James commented

    I think we have done our bit towards affordable social housing with the place in Woy Woy. Go and build it in Gosford where it needs people to bum around the streets

  38. Lyn Shanks commented

    This is the first I have heard of this so drove down to the site. There are villas each side and one at the back on the rear lane which I assume is being demolished to build the lodging. 5 car spaces does not seem enough for 11 rooms assuming the all have cars or visitors.. I have not seen the plans but to put a two storied residence on this small site at the back is not in keeping with the area. Just to build it is going to be a nuisance for the people either side and parking on the street is at a premium. I do not think this type of development is appropriate for the area.

  39. Ross and Tina commented

    We do not support this type of development in Umina Beach, in particular in Ocean beach road because of close proximity to the local schools and the two surf clubs. This area is already over populated by the school community and the supporters of the surf clubs.
    Not knowing what type of residents will occupy this development, we are concerned that it may become disturbing to local residents and bring disruptive behaviour and unlawfulness to this peaceful community

    We don't want the tranquility of Umina Beach to be disrupted. Umina has prospered and grown over the last 10 years and this attracts people looking for this life style in the way of residents and holiday makers. This type of development would infringe on this continued growth.

    BIG NO TO THIS DEVELOPMENT FROM CONCERNED RESIDENTS

  40. C commented

    Myself and all my family members strongly oppose this development. Umina is over populated enough of granny flats and units. We need to make Umina a more family friendly and safe community, no doubt this development will bring trouble to the area. It shouldn’t be so close to the local public school, surf club and family precinct this is a terrible idea. Children walk to school everyday down this street and I do not think it would be safe anymore.

    Plus it will stand out and look out of place.

  41. Katie Wilkinson commented

    I am all for affordable housing on the peninsula, though I think consideration of the location of these boarding houses needs to be addressed. The homes surrounding this development are mostly villas housing our elderly community. There is a primary school nearby and also main access to our Umina Beach. Young children often walk this street unsupervised to school, public transport and local beach. It seems like another money making venture to me. Currently Doctors on the Peninsula have closed their books to new patients. The main mental health clinics are in Gosford, not Umina. Parking spaces are for only 5 of the 11 residents, more on site parking should be supplied as parking is already limited on Ocean Beach Road and the rear lane behind is strictly no street parking. It would be nice to have a 24 hour manned Police Station at Woy Woy should you consider another development like this, or even another Police Station in Umina. There is already too much crime in the area and not enough Police patrols happening to prevent it. I oppose this development with the considerations above with the lack of police in the area preventing current crime and the elderly people that reside along side this proposed development and the young children that often walk unsupervised in the area.

  42. M. West commented

    I am opposed to the boarding house in Umina Beach. Unfortunately the type of person it attracts is generally criminals. There is a beach only a 1 km down the road, there is a beautiful big park/playground for children there too, as well as a school, a football oval, a soccer oval, a number of public toilets, all of which would be putting children who frequent these places at risk. There is a pub and a two bottle shops in West St, only a short walk from this location.
    Gosford may possibly be a better location. Gosford is near a train station, the courthouses are located here, as well as the Centrelink offices and other relevant services, the Gosford CBD is not residential which is most important.

  43. Kevin Woods commented

    There is currently a development application for an 11 unit/room boarding house at 454 Ocean Beach Road, Umina Beach. All Umina Beach Residents I know are vehemently opposed to the proposal.
    A little known fact is when criminals are released from prison if they have nowhere to go they often are relocated to boarding houses because of the cheap accommodation. Developers tried to build a similar boarding house at Ettalong where residents strenuously objected and successfully prevented it being built. The homeless people gathering at Woy Woy are a sad blight on the area with drunkenness, fighting and foul language common. The people of Umina Beach don’t want to see this beautiful beachside suburb turned into a slum area of the future.
    This development is opposite the CWA hall where Senior Citizens regularly congregate. It is near the Umina Beach Public School and numerous children walk to school sometimes unsupervised. It is a long way from Woy Woy Railway Station and is nowhere near a ready employment hub. There is enough pressure on public transport now without adding an unknown, unstipulated number of residents from this site. Under the Terms and Conditions of the proposal, The number of guests occupying a room must not exceed the number stated on the reservation document. How many are allowed to be stated on the document and live in each room?
    There are 11 Units self-contained with no apparent stipulation of the numbers of people allowed in each unit, as well as a minimum of one manager on duty at all times, just how many people will be living on one block of land?
    At (8.4) Hours of Operation 8 “The hours of operation of the Boarding House will be:
    Monday – Sunday 0:00 to 24:00”, in other words the boarding house will be operational 24 hours a day seven days a week and requires a minimum of one on site manager there during all hours to keep the peace.
    Smoking is strictly prohibited within the internal parts of the premises, including all rooms, bathrooms and common areas. Meaning of course nicotine addicted residents of the boarding house will gather outside on Ocean Beach Road smoking, which will be a form of intimidation of the Senior Residents attending the CWA Hall opposite, nearby residents and children going to and from school.
    In light of the sheer weight of numbers of Umina Beach Residents, opposing this development, I look to our Council Officers and our elected Council Representatives to act responsibly and stop this outrageous development in a residential area.
    Please do not destroy the natural ambience of Umina Beach with inappropriate developments like this. I caution if this development is allowed, other similar applications will follow.

  44. David Turnbull commented

    what a dumb and stupid idea
    Why not put it in Gosford where there is plenty of room and growth to be had
    Having a working with childrens permit does not come easy theese days but i recomend that you have all of the people who make such descisions obtain one before any more backwards thinking towards our local families and childrens saftey and well being .not to mention local crime.
    Are you going to supply all houses in the area with cameras and alarm systems to help combat your bad judgement calls
    Or increase Police presence and patrols !
    Or offer more funding for this ?
    “No i think not “!

  45. M. Pierce commented

    I am opposed to this development. I believe the location does not meet the necessary criteria as outlined in the Central Coast Draft Affordable and Alternative Housing Strategy (2018). That states that location is ‘a key issue in terms of social equity and sustainability’ and should be located close to ‘larger service centres with a comprehensive range of retail, health, recreation and support services and facilities, and where possible, public transport. A focus on transit oriented developments near major railway stations is also important given the level of commuting out of area in the Central Coast.’ It recommends locating affordable housing within 800 metres of railway stations, and focusing on business zones such as Gosford and Woy Woy. Clearly, Umina Beach does not fit that criteria, being over 4 km from the nearest train station. Additionally, council is required under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act to ‘take into account the social and economic impacts of a development application’ and to ‘consider whether a proposed development is in the public interest’. The proposed location is close to children’s playgrounds, sporting fields, surf clubs, and schools, and right at the gateway to the suburb, yet not near social services, and in a suburb that has an undersupply of doctors, no police presence, and a consistently greater than state and national levels of unemployment. Furthermore, whilst across the Central Coast, apartments make up 8% of housing stock, in Umina Beach, dwellings other than houses has increased over the last 10 years to 23% of the housing stock in 2016. This has been coupled with a population increase of nearly 10%, without the associated infrastructure to support it. Adding to this already existing inequity in Umina Beach is ignoring the social impacts of higher density living and changing the essential nature of our coastal village. There are many investigations and studies that have highlighted the costs of development without attention to infrastructure, particularly ‘soft infrastructure’ such as access to employment, and the establishment of local services and strategies to develop community cohesion. The Macquarie Fields riots of 2005 are example of an area that had basic hard infrastructure provided such as shops and affordable housing, but without other hard infrastructure such as a community centre, and the essential soft infrastructure. (http://realoptionsconsulting.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Sharyn-Casey_Establishing-Standards-for-Social-Infrastructure.pdf). This study also notes The failure to provide adequate and sustainable community infrastructure results in long-term costs and consequences. This is particularly so in areas that are already disadvantaged or show signs of the potential to become increasingly disadvantaged over the medium to long term. The study indicates ideally a town of our size would have a neighbourhood centre, a community hall, and a senior citizens centre. Umina Beach, with its already higher than average unemployment, lack of a police station, and other essential infrastructure needs is in danger of suffering long term costs of ongoing unsuitable developments, including this one.

  46. Roz commented

    My son and his family are wanting to buy in this area because at this point it appears we have a good school and great amenities for a young family. However, this proposal has turned them off. I wonder how many other young families will consider other areas if this application goes ahead. We need young families to feel safe here.

  47. Concerned Resident commented

    I'm strongly against this proposal. I feel like something of this nature shouldn't be located so close to the local primary school, parks, beaches and shops, and would cause a great concern for residents and families in the area. It goes against everything our local council should be trying to avoid as such, and would be better located in an area where it wouldn't be so noticeable or have the potential to cause a rise in criminal activity and crime.
    The idea of having the building back onto the rear lane that is also shared with Berith street residents is alarming and causes concern for my families safety.
    I also find the design of the building ugly and out of context for this street and location.
    Why not propose something that is actually going to better the area.

  48. David Morrison commented

    I oppose such a type of development so close to a primary school and children’s play area

  49. Dirk Correll commented

    Please do not risk the children and youth in Umina by allowing this development. This development will be on a major thoroughfare that links children, parents and the elderly with West St shops, the surf club, the school, the existing playground precinct, the future Peninsula Precinct, the youth at Hope Church, the elderly at the CWA, and the tens of thousands of tourists who come to our lovely beach and village every summer. A Boarding House is certainly not in keeping with the surrounds and current demographic and it will lead to numerous issues. Please look for a more suitable and responsible position for this establishment.

  50. mark james commented

    I oppose this development, these blocks should be left for nice family homes, we already have lots of townhouses and granny flats, if we keep going this way without strict control the suburb will not be a family friend area.

  51. Concerned Umina Resident & Mother commented

    It is well known that Boarding houses, house people who have committed criminal acts!!

    Therefore I speak on behalf of many concerned parents, homeowners and community members (who have not committed criminal acts who do work extremely hard to be able to live in this location and strive to make the community better) and this is our voice...

    We are TOTALLY opposed to this development for the following reasons:

    1. Umina Beach Public School (located 1 street away) our children and many others will have to walk past this boarding house daily as part of their safe passage home. How a building of such sort can even have the development controls backing it - within such a distance of a primary school is utterly unnerving and would save all of us a lot of time writing our oppositional comments in the first place, as common sense and reason should prevail at the time such development controls are written for these types of developments!

    2. Surf Club (located 500m away - at the end of the street) many children/family/teenagers in beach clothing will be walking past daily.

    Parklands/ Community Sporting Clubs (located 1 street away) again many people in the vicinity who are entitled to a safe community area.

    3. Tourism park (located near the end of the street) many families enroute the shopping precinct will walk past daily!

    4. The beach is at the end of the street - many kids/teenagers walk this way daily - In beach gear!

    5. There is NO police presence/station in Umina! Again this should be another pre-requisite of such a development.

    Is it therefore inconceivable to have such a building in this location. If council approve this building, there will be many disappointed rate payers. Or perhaps those disappointed rate payers should all turn their blocks into Boarding houses too. If this development goes through it may set a precedent! What a disaster that could be for the cool beach suburb Umina is finally becoming. Please do not approve for the sake of the future of this community.

  52. Concerned mother and resident commented

    I am strongly opposed to the application of a boarding house within a residential street of umina. I have been a local of the area my whole life and have seen the area greatly improve over the years and feel this development would have a negative effect on the safety of all those not only living with in close proximity but those who frequent umina.

    Why should a boarding house that is clearly going to be housed with criminals after reading through the documents be approved in an area with such a strong family presence that is also close to a primary school, local park, church where elderly residents frequent, play groups, beach, caravan park and sporting fields.

    As a mother of a young family living in this street i would definitely fear for my children’s safety if this were to be approved. Many families with young children constantly need to walk past this residence either to take their children to school, go to the local shops or beach. I personally would not want to walk past knowing convicted criminals live there. Our community would no longer feel safe and I would more than likely move away from the area in order to feel safe with my children.

    It is clear in the documents that this boarding house would be operational 24 hours 7 days a week with a manager on site at all times along with cctv cameras. If you need a manager on site at all times what does that say about the type of people that will be housed here? You think that having cameras will deter your residents from committing further crimes but that does not mean they will not commit crimes
    within our street and the local area of umina.

    Boarding houses should be within close proximity to job centres, train stations, police departments, welfare centres and larger shopping complexes. None of which are in the umina community deeming it an unfit location for this development.

    I urge you to listen to the voices of the local community living in this area and reject the approval of the boarding house application.

  53. G. Morrison commented

    I think it’s unfair that the Peninsula seems to be the dumping ground for all boarding houses & other such projects. I’m aware we need affordable housing but, why not share it around with other suburbs.
    The sneaky way the boarding house at Woy Woy was built should never be allowed to happen again. The boarding house in Woy Woy is not a success it has brought with it many many extra undesirable people who quite often start drinking alcohol at 9am & continue throughout the day, it has also encouraged more drugs in the area.
    Umina is just starting to get ahead with family oriented environment.
    Please don’t let Umina go backwards.

  54. Andrew commented

    Totally Stupid proposal. This is not in keeping with the current residents of the area. ie. Elderly retirees and young families. A development like this should be away from an area so close to the beach where parking in summer is already chaotic. If they allow this I might put in for DA approval to have a 12 room motel style development to be built on my property in the area, to cash in on the overflow from the caravan park.
    Central coast council seriously need to hire some qualified urban planners. It seems they have no qualifications or experience.

  55. Samantha bennett commented

    I am not against boarding houses, but I dont think this is a good idea in the area you are planning.

  56. Umina resident commented

    I am appalled at this proposal to build a boarding house so close to a school and surf club. Children and families are in this area constantly. How do we know who will occupy these premises. Have a look at what has been built near the intersection of wow woy road and railway crescent

  57. Lesley Harvey commented

    Dear Central Coast Council Councillors,
    Please VOTE DOWN the application for a proposed 12 room boarding house on a residential street.
    A similar development was rejected in Ettalong in 2016 and now this DA is proposed for a quiet end of Ocean Beach Road. The hostel in Woy Woy is already problematic for the shop owners, people accessing the library and shoppers putting up with arguments on the street.
    While there is a need for this type of accommodation, why not consider recycling some of the vacant buildings on/around Mann St, Gosford that are an eyesore, close to all transport, have on site parking, police, courts, shops, the hospital and mental health services?

  58. Ronald Beale commented

    I strongly object to the DA for the 11 room boarding house at 454 Umina Beach Road.

    1. We have Umina Beach Public School located in close proximity.
    2. The safety of our children is of the upmost importance to us as a community. Children walk to school... Do they really need to be subjected to possible drinking in the streets, possible swearing, fighting? Our children should be able to walk to school or the shops in a safe environment.
    3. You will fail in your Duty of Care to the Community. Young and old.
    4. Umina Beach Surf Club is located approx 500 metres down the southern end of the street which is such a strong place for the community to meet. Regular surfing carnivals etc
    5. We, as a community have constantly lobbied for secyrity cameras, extra lighting and Police response to what was up until about six months ago a weekly gathering of drunken/drug affected youths at the Surf Club car park and neighbouring parklands. CCTV cameras and extra lighting has been installed at the Village green recreational park to ensure the safety of all residents are safe, with very positive results.
    6. Close proximity (two minute walk) to Liquor Land in West St, 2 BWS stores and ten minutes walk through the above car park and Jasmine Green to Club Umina RSL Club.
    7. Look at the Woy Woy boarding house that was built and tell me that was a successful outcome for the residents? No it wasn't, there is drinking, fighting, police being called at all times of the day and night. Disastrous.
    8.This is not a development, this is a backwards step in an area that has been evolving and improving as a safe and desirable Community orientated suburb. Not a area for half way houses.
    9. Around three years ago Local residents started pushing for the Skateboard park in the Peninsular Recreational Precinct to be upgraded. We now have Federal Government funding to build a first class area for Youth on The Central Coast involved in the following Sports: Basketball, tennis, soccer, rugby, cricket, skateboarding and BMX Bike riding, we need to lower the Risk of undesirable, possible troublemakers, possible ex Criminals in our Suburb not increasing it.
    10. I think the Council needs to think very carefully before passing the DA for boarding houses in a family orientated community. A community that provides income for the businesses in the area.
    11. Umina is a holiday location for many families. Do you really think that will continue with boarding houses being built?
    12. THIS DA SHOULD NOT BE APPROVED.

  59. Aliecha weiss commented

    This is a wonderful idea when you really think about our area and the affordability for our over 50 or our Middle income residents. This building will be manged To the highest standard with a selection of tenants this will not be like the one in woy woy or Ettalong this would be a pick for my mum or my aunt to live, it isn't a drug or jail boarding house that is a name as such, the mantra has rooms to rent as does the caravan park puts up all kinds it isn't a two storey block with six four bedrooms town houses.
    We do not have enough housing for low income persons.

  60. Melissa Chandler commented

    I strongly object to the DA for the 11 room boarding house at 454 Umina Beach Road.

    There is a Public School located in close proximity and children walk to and from the school via the location daily.

    Protection of our children should be of the upmost importance to us as a community.

    Our children should be able to walk to school or the shops in a safe environment.

    Umina Beach Surf Club is located approx 500 metres down the southern end of the street which is such a strong place for the community to meet. Regular surfing carnivals etc. How would the presence of this building and residents - who often have drug and alcohol dependencies - impact on the beach and park users?

    The Umina community has constantly lobbied for security cameras, extra lighting and Police response to what was up until about six months ago a weekly gathering of drunken/drug affected youths at the Surf Club car park and neighbouring parklands. CCTV cameras and extra lighting has been installed at the nearby recreational park to ensure the safety of all residents are safe, with very positive results. This DA would increase in issue that residents have worked very hard to reduce.

    There are insufficient social agencies and mental health services nearby.

    This type of development should be located close to MAJOR TRANSPORT HUBS - eg. Woy Woy station or Gosford Station.

    There are insufficient job opportunities nearby - hence why these developments must be near larger town centres with links to other towns (for work and services access).

    Planners at Central Coast Council need to think very carefully before passing the DA for boarding houses in a family and holiday-orientated community. A community that provides income for the businesses in the area.

    REJECT THIS DA

  61. Mike Harris commented

    I am completely against this application, this street already has many areas the cause traffic congestion this won’t help.
    Other proposed boarding houses have also met opposition by people living here and the reason have been brought to the attention of the council with much of our opposition shown in the press, so why has this proposal even found space........it’s all a big worry that we are not being listened to once again.

  62. Helen Woods commented

    I am strongly opposed to this boarding house development in a residential family orientated area. The Country Womens Association is opposite the site. Large numbers of children attend the Umina Beach Public School, and the Umina Beach Surf Club, both of which are nearby, as well as children on holidays at the caravan park, and attending the skate park precincts. The Woy Woy experience of anti-social behavior is a disgraceful example of how Councillors got it wrong.
    Women and children feel intimidated when they are in the vicinity of the alcohol and / or drug affected people near Woy Woy stadium. People of Umina Beach, Woy Woy and Ettalong, do not want the Peninsula becoming a social dumping ground for drug addicts, criminals and other unfortunates with mental problems forced into cheap boarding house accommodation. It does seem that the powers that be are relocating Gosford’s street people to the Peninsula area.
    Spare a thought for those who live in close proximity to this boarding house, do you feel sorry for them? Well it can happen to you next, if this boarding house is approved there will be a precedent set which may see numerous such developments sought, perhaps one next door to you.

  63. Olivia commented

    I strongly oppose this Development!

    It should not be located in this location near the primary school & surf club.

    I am raising my young family here & had to paid close to 1million dollars for the privilege to live in this amazing location.

  64. Frank commented

    I strongly disagree with the approval of this boarding house, it's close proximity to the local school and beach endangers both the youth and elderly who call Umina home. Going ahead with this project reverses years of development in Umina, and will undoubtedly cause an anxiety that threatens to damage the close community Umina has become.

  65. Frank commented

    I strongly disagree with the approval of this boarding house, it's close proximity to the local school and beach endangers both the youth and elderly who call Umina home. Going ahead with this project reverses years of development in Umina, and will undoubtedly cause an anxiety that threatens to damage the close community Umina has become.

  66. Celina commented

    I think this is a great idea! Can’t wait to see it fully realised so we can get to know the new neighbours

  67. Nick Warren commented

    This boarding house could provide homes for people. That is enough of a reason why it should be approved. Real, actual human beings that need a place to live could have it provided and saying that it would ruin the "feel" of the area is absurd. These are the lives of people that are being decided here. And quite frankly I find the idea that just because it is an affordable housing development that the people who live there will be a danger to children repugnant. Low income earners are still people, and deserve to be treated as such.

  68. Shaun Lennon commented

    This would be bad for tourism. It would detract from the area. Given the reputation of boarding houses it will affect businesses like the caravan park.

    Most of the blocks were only designed for single house dwellings. Now most blocks have 3 or 4 villas. Next 11 bed boarding houses???? I suspect the block doesn't have adequate sewerage capacity etc for that many people.

    As stated by other people, 5 parking spaces for 11 rooms - ludicrous.

    There's not enough services and infrastructure to cater for an ever increasing population.

    The location is bad, assuming boarders will have to pay board, where will they work? Or is it assumed they'll be on welfare (along with all the associated problems that brings). To get a job they'll be commuting through Woy Woy. A boarding house would be better suited close to transport etc.

  69. Sarah (local resident) commented

    Objection to the proposed Boarding house at 454 Ocean Beach Rd UMINA BEACH

    ‘NOT IN THE VILLAGE… MAYBE IN THE TOWN… DEFINITELY IN THE CITY’!

    This development unequivocally does not fit into the character of the Umina Beach Village, the very ‘social fabric’ of our coastal family and tourist-oriented local community will be compromised and heavily impacted. The family friendly feel of the village will be forever changed, as the village and its distinctive identity is slowly lost to such developments.

    Typically Boarding houses are located in the inner city CBDs or in close proximity to established Town Centres, with good reason, as these areas can sustain such varied residential accommodations with minimal impact on the social fabric, character and community of the area. Where adequate infrastructure, various government bodies and agencies such as Police stations, Medicare, Centrelink, Disability and Social Service agencies, licencing offices such as Service NSW, are all in close proximity. Where education facilities such as TAFE and employment agencies are located and at the very least close to Public Hospitals and proper transport hubs. Where such services are able to adequately support the various needs of the various people who may reside in boarding houses. It is in established towns and city centres where these facilities exist and are able to easily accommodate these rather commercial like developments, it is here where Boarding houses primarily make sense and characteristically fit into their environment. It is here where they are effectively weaved into the social fabric of a society. A boarding house no matter how dolled up it is architecturally, no matter what legislation backs it, does not characteristically fit into a residential street in a Village such as Umina Beach because after all Umina Beach is only that, it is a VILLAGE, its not a TOWN and its definitely not a CITY.

    The reality of living in this sleepy beachside suburb of Umina and most other villages in NSW is the fact we don’t any of these supporting services. As is the case of Umina Beach, here we do not have any government bodies or agencies, not to mention any of the other services listed above. The nearest police station is in Woy Woy town centre (a 10 minute drive away) and Public Hospital is Gosford (a 25 minute drive away provided you have a car). To place a boarding house with its inherent commercial like nature and large amount of people occupying a single block will undeniably have a huge impact on neighbours, the street and the wider community, besides being totally impractical for the boarding house residents too.

    This proposed development is plainly inconsistent with the very nature of residences in Umina Beach and this section of Ocean Beach Road. The streetscape here is that of generally low-set homes and villas, distinctly private in their façade and nature, with any balconies and courtyards facing off to the side and not the street. The few second-storey residences in the street share the same attribute and do not directly face the street frontage. Collectively facilitating minimal street impact and privacy for the occupants and pedestrians alike. Together the private street frontages are very effective in forming the exceptional character of the street which in turn promotes the family friendly village feel and maximises the appeal of the area as tourists, school children and the community travel to and from the parklands and beach to the Main street via this main route. The proposed development however is very dissimilar in its architectural characteristics with rather an impeding street presence with 3 prominent and separate balconies each associated with a different tenant and a window all directly faced and overlooking street frontage. The occupants of the existing homes dwell in quite the opposite manner, as they are private in their design and dwelling areas are predominantly out of sight of the streetfrontage. They are filled with families, elderly people, young and older couples and professionals. The residents here are not boarders. All of who have all been through quite stringent measures to prove themselves before taking up residence, whether it be in traditional tenancy applications or owner-occupiers obtaining a home loan. All who live in this street feel a strong sense of community, it is a tight knit neighbourhood where most people know each other. At night this section of Ocean Beach Rd is dimly lit and literally empty and silent by 7pm at night as people retreat into their homes. There is no similar development in the vicinity of Umina Beach and nowhere does a building need to have a Crime Prevention report and CCTV cameras installed to monitor the premises with an on-site manager as a requirement. The community cannot be rest assured that patrons of boarding houses will have proper background checks too and hence why there is always community backlash when boarding houses are applied for, in predominantly residential areas. You just have to read through the strong opposition put forward to council for this development thus far and the other objections from around the state from similar concerned residents who have rallied to oppose such localised boarding houses previously, since the State legislation opened up such constraints 10 years ago. Some have been successful in court too, namely the Ettalong Beach boarding house refusal where the community won their fight, as it was at heart the very nature of the building and impeding design, which was the true reasoning for the uproar as they just don’t fit in a village setting. It’s the same case here. It is the village character of both Ettalong and Umina Beach which have this common attribute and to which form council long term vision of the retention of these areas as village centres, and that is what is at the centre of the community’s apprehension.

    Furthermore the accompanying SEE and Crime Prevention reports, attached to this D.A outline a very bias view and are mostly vague assumptions taking into consideration only the likely positive social impacts for the tenants of the boarding house. The arguments presented are unbalanced and offered in such a way to have little regard for any potential negative social impacts such a development of this nature would have on existing neighbours, residents of the street (those most impacted by such a development) and other potentially impacted community members in the wider community such as children of the nearby Public School who walk past daily. It fails to consider or acknowledge the disadvantages that this type of operation will have and the sheer numbers of tenants and inevitable noise impacts placed upon a single block and its surrounds which will inevitably affect the street with increased street presence, lackof privacy, traffic increases and lack of street parking. Along with the architectural design of the façade and its impeding street presence with the balconies of various separate units facing the street, which will be heavily utilised by its occupants as all the internal restrictions are imposed upon its residents and small living quarters which will unavoidably force it’s tenants externally.

    It’s all of these inherent differences which ultimately sets this residence apart from the rest, that it is not in keeping with the character of the street rather it is fundamentally out of character with the very nature of the local homes and the vision of the village, despite the street frontage, questionably, to have somewhat of a comparable architectural appearance. It is why I believe that the character test set out in clause 30A of The SEPP 2009, Affordable housing, has to be taken into upmost consideration and the word of the community should hold weight.

    It also begs the Question, is this development really commercially viable? It is rather contradictory to be a provider of affordable accommodation with your target market being low-income earners and yet run a fully profitable and financially viable business at the same time. Providing accommodation of 11 rooms set on building footprint the size of the previous house? Add in the costs to build and run such a venture and simple maths would suggest that it couldn’t possibly be financially viable. What happens when such a venture is unviable? Is it then allowed to be converted into something else and if so what next? Will this be in hindsight a unfortunate outcome for all affected stakeholders, the owners, tenants, existing residents and council alike? Can the owners and council guarantee this wont happen? The lack of guarantees here I think, are a cause of major concern and need careful consideration.

    Town planners in Councils should not be forced into approving such developments just because they tick all the boxes of SEPP 2009, which unfortunately overrides councils local plans and does not take into consideration the true context of situations.I don’t believe this scenario is what the State Government had in mind when it set out its legislation. Rather its blanket approach to boarding houses needs to be reviewed so that Boarding houses can be located where the infrastructure can support it. So to does it appears that developments like this will certainly cause the capacity of existing infrastructure to be exceeded in our villages. Will the existing infrastructure and community be truly capable of absorbing this and the ones to come, should this be approved?

    Doesn’t this highlight the need for our voices to be heard so that communities in small villages are allowed to retain the vision of their regional councils and to keep their villages as they are without having to fight the overriding state planning legislation? Allowing boarding houses to be built where they make sense, in Cities and in established Towns centres, which is the answer for the sake of all, especially those who will reside in them.

    And as per council’s vision of the future of Umina Beach Village, they need to ensure it is kept as a desirable place to live and that it retains its village character. Improve the perception of the area for our tourists, along with improved infrastructure and services for the existing community, as is what will assist in the betterment of Umina Beach.

  70. Michael Ringland commented

    Whilst I am not opposed to the idea of the development to help people that need it, but I am extremely opposed to the location being in Umina which is very clearly an inadequate location. Looking at the DA this development is targeting transient type people who will most certainly have no commitment to upkeeping the sense of community and pride which has been evolving in Umina over recent years.

    In addition, these transient people may well be disposed towards anti-social behaviour which will have a negative impact on surrounding residents especially on our children walking to/from Umina Beach and the local schools.

    Woy Woy would be a far more suitable location because it has far better public transport links, and access to better amenities to support such people such as the Centrelink and Medicare centre there. The local infrastructure is far better suited to cope with such demands.
    Council also needs to look at what has happened after similar developments were built at Woy Woy and Gosford – the model has failed miserably as there are now very real social issues happening in both Gosford and Woy Woy around these facilities. If this goes ahead Umina will most certainly end up having the same problems.
    Interestingly a similar development proposed for Ettalong a few years ago was not approved after residents objected so if this DA is approved it will support the view by many locals that council doesn’t give a damn about Woy Woy and Umina.

  71. Cate Brim commented

    I strongly disapprove of this. I witnessed residents of the Woy Woy place gathered near the kids ice cream cafe in Woy Woy all drunk and smoking in the middle of a Sat afternoon!!
    Appalling! Do you really want this in Umina as well? Families need parts of the coast to feel safe and Umina has become a family friendly place so this is a frightening development for my kids and family.

  72. Margaret Jaco commented

    Whilst I understand that there is a need for boarding house accommodation, I am completely against the proposed location at 454 Ocean Beach Road, Umina Beach.
    I am against using this location for a boarding house for several reasons:
    • 11 rooms is a large number of rooms to in one location. A reduced number for accommodation of up to 4 rooms would be more appropriate.
    • The concept of rooms would more likely house singles who are in turn more likely to bring social problems to the area rather than a house providing accommodation for a family.
    • My biggest objection is that this location is in the direct path of many very young children traversing the area on their way to and from school by bicycle and walking (unaccompanied).
    • The proposed location is also in the direct path of children moving to and from the recreation area and could cause more conflict than is already associated with this area for young children and teenagers. It is a recipe for stoking bullying and provocation with the local children in the area.
    • On top of this the location has a well established surf club at which many children come for training and recreation in their toggs.
    • The location is also very close to playing fields that are used by young and old during the day and well into the darkness of night.
    Placing a boarding house in this area would lend itself to loitering and escalation of conflict around these child friendly areas as well as the local bowling club and RSL.

  73. Felicity commented

    I oppose this application very strongly for the following reasons:
    Poor location - way too close to schools, surf club and recreational precinct. This poses a risk to our young children who often enjoy the park or traverse to and from school unsupervised
    Lack of community services support for these residents.
    Little employment opportunities and or rehabilitation services; stretched community support services.
    Insufficient recreational facilities for these residents beyond the beach
    No local police station
    Required to commute to access more substantial support services in larger hub like Gosford which adds cost
    Will not support local businesses due to lack of available income
    Lack of parking currently, situation will be exasperated by additional residents
    Residents will be transient - 3 month leases available which will not enrich the community
    Residents of Umina Beach have no understanding of where residents will come from, could have a criminal element

  74. Paul commented

    I oppose this application very strongly for the following reasons:
    Poor location - way too close to schools, surf club and recreational precinct. This poses a risk to our young children who often enjoy the park or traverse to and from school unsupervised
    Lack of community services support for these residents.
    Little employment opportunities and or rehabilitation services; stretched community support services.
    Insufficient recreational facilities for these residents beyond the beach
    No local police station
    Required to commute to access more substantial support services in larger hub like Gosford which adds cost
    Will not support local businesses due to lack of available income
    Lack of parking currently, situation will be exasperated by additional residents
    Residents will be transient - 3 month leases available which will not enrich the community
    Residents of Umina Beach have no understanding of where residents will come from, could have a criminal element

  75. Dave commented

    This is the letter I sent to council before it's close of submissions:
    STOP THE UMINA BEACH BOARDING HOUSE
    A so called 'boarding house' of this size and situated in this particular area, notwithstanding the current zoning in place, is setting a precedent and an invitation to disturbing the general residential area that has been in place and nurtured for decades, and meshed into what has now become such an attractive proposition for people to want to live in and contribute to an established society supporting the local community through, besides shopping and spending money, volunteering and support of community and council ideals .
    To also allow the proposed development to include a general kitchen and entertainment area for the residents, as well as resident's individual kitchens, is inviting regular ongoing people and traffic noise and anti-social activities to take place, despite the statement of a residential manager being placed near the complex; even allowing for Air BnBs, extra 'room mates' and a high turnover of visitors due to its proximity to the beach, shopping centre and licensed venues, and entertainment precincts.
    Based on my personal experience, having lived in these type of residentials, these
    comments are made being mindful of what this type of development this can be - one
    allowing a high number of transient persons wanting a cheaper place to stay other than
    places with more stringent and stronger regulations, and an easy to get to holiday period stay.
    lf council insists that such a facility must be built in its area, t believe it is best placed in a vicinity that is underdeveloped and not near homes of long-term owners/ratepayers who have for many years supported the local area and ensured its appealing attractiveness remains.

  76. Peter Sinclair commented

    A more suitable location needs to be found closer facilities to support the intended clientele. Umina Beach is suffering already from over development and pressure straining from a lacking infrastructure.
    In addition to the proximity to primary schools, community organisations and surf clubs is a major concern,
    people in boarding homes don't want to waste what precious money they have on transport costs. An excellent location would be GOSFORD CITY. Hospitals, Government agencies, shops, housing, transport and entertainment all in one area. If it's not going to look out of sight in the Umina Beach location, then it will definitely be suitable for GOSFORD CITY.

    You could even link it into the Tiny Homes Scheme!

  77. Jon Treble commented

    I’m only opposed to the location as it’s in the heart of the tourist area for 11 rooms maybe 2 or 3 at the most and way to close to schools, Clubs/pub and as we have all seen at Woy Woy first hand there isn’t anywhere area that we would want people Loitering like they do at the oval in Woy Woy these things need greater planning.

  78. Jochen Eckert commented

    I hereby express my concerns building a boarding house at Ocean Beach Road (its planned location). I do not want to be biased towards future inhabitants and appreciate there is a need to put one up in the peninsular area. However, the risk of unreasonable behaviour of inhabitants is significantly greater than with regular residential developments. Why would anyone want to take that risk in close proximity to a primary school when there could be other (saver) locations. I am asking for reconsideration.
    Many thanks

  79. Martin Mitchell commented

    I object to this proposed development in Umina. Our suburb is slowly improving with quality infrastructure and housing and the demographics are changing in a positive way. A boarding house in this location will take us backwards. It needs to be located close to Woy Woy station or Gosford where the transport links are. There isn't even a a Centrelink office in Umina. It would have a detrimental impact on the community, is too close to the school and surf club and I don't know anyone who wants it here. Reject the proposal.

  80. Fumiko commented

    I’m definitely oppose this kind of development
    It’s not suits the area . We are getting better directions last few years but this kind of development will backwards this situation.
    It shouldn’t be go ahead.

  81. Julie C commented

    I oppose this 'Boutique' Boarding house. As a proud Umina and peninsular resident of over 40 years I have slowly seen the area decline with the approval of too many Granny Flats and multi unit developments. We are now faced with overcrowding more cars and rubbish in our lane ways, less parking in the streets, our roads are a disgrace, employment issues, longer waiting list for specialist services and more anti social behaviour
    Is this 11 x 1 bed studio rooms aimed at single people? The agreement shows a space for putting in number of occupants per room not a limit so could easily be rented to couples and now has the potential of housing 22 people plus the on-site managers this must raise serious concerns and issues for council and for neighbouring residents. What is the maximum occupancy for this development.

  82. Wayne commented

    I oppose the development of 454 Ocean Beach Road, Umina. My concerns regard the size, potential occupancy rates, security and situation of the development.
    The community has a right to be concerned regarding the development, with the need for security, cctv cameras monitoring inside and outside, and an on site manager 24 hours everyday, Why is this necessary, is this to monitor the site or occupants, what other developments requires so much security.
    Will the boarding house be eligible for anyone who is on a low or medium income or only for people who are currently on the social housing list or those referred to by government agencies?
    Who will manage this, as with low rents and the cost of wages to a 24 hour on site manager, cleaners, supply of furniture, maintenance, contractors etc this would not be viable to be owned or operated privately.
    The location and size of this development is unsuitable, this is a quiet area with many elderly residents living here and theirs or anyone's lifestyle and peace should not be disrupted by a boarding house with multiple residents that could be potentially coming and going every three months.
    Boutique boarding house just a trumped up name. Large building on front portion of block, make it smaller or locate to a more suitable spot.

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