Cliff Street townhouse development back before Wingecarribee Shire Council

5 Cliff Street.
5 Cliff Street.

A multi-dwelling development proposal at the northern entrance to Bowral has returned.

A development application (DA) was lodged to create 10 double-story multi-dwelling townhouses at 5 Cliff Street and 11 Clarke Street, Bowral.

A similar proposal was rejected by council in February 2016.

The new DA has proposed the construction of 10, three-bedroom units with the existing house on the site to remain.

A Statement of Environmental Impacts prepared by Lee Environmental Planning cited several benefits of the development and said  the “likely impacts of the development are negligible”.

The report said the development would not have an impact on water quality and would add to the housing diversity in the shire as well as bringing economic benefits to the area.

“It represents a high quality residential development in a locality that has been identified for this purpose. It is compatible with the prevailing development pattern within the locality.”

One of the reasons given for the previous refusal was that it was not consistent with local architecture and good design.

The Statement of Environmental Impacts said this new proposal had a contemporary architectural style that “speaks of local influences”.

11 Clarke Street.

11 Clarke Street.

The design includes rendered brickwork, weatherboards, timber features, colour bond roofing and slate fencing with muted and earthy colours.

A traffic impact study has also been prepared by Novati Consulting Engineers which concluded the average annual daily traffic (MDT) predicted was acceptable and the traffic generation rate was considered to be low.

Based on council data, the report approximated the MDT for Cliff and Clarke Streets as well as the surrounding streets:

  • Clarke Street- 150 vehicles per day
  • Cliff Street- 360 vehicles per day
  • Mittagong Road- 20,000 vehicles per day
  • Oxley Drive- 1020 vehicles per day

Many of the trees on the site have been deemed either unsuitable for retention as a result of advanced age, non-endangered status or inappropriate to a medium density development.

“The proposed landscaping design allows for native endemic species generally, which will enhance the appearance of the existing site should the proposed development proceed,” the Statement of Environmental Impacts said.

“The submitted arborist’s report notes that due to the close spacing between the Cabbage Gums, they had created upright trunks with suppressed or skewed canopies. They are not considered significant and their loss can be balanced by the replanting opportunities identified in the detailed landscape plan.”

Disability access to the property could be something which needs further attention.

A report prepared by Access Solutions said there was no compliant accessible pedestrian access into the property from the boundary.

The gradient of the land was another issue highlighted in the report.

“The street entrance from Clarke Street has a gradient of 1:7 and the entrance from Cliff Street has a gradient of 1:10. These gradients are impossible to reconcile with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards 1428.1 2009 (Design for access and mobility – general requirements for access – new building work).

Use council’s DA Tracker (number 17/1676) to find out more about the proposal.

Anyone who wishes to make a submission on the proposal can do so until 4.30pm on February 16.

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