A new DA has been lodged for the ‘crane’ site on Church St, Nelson Bay, on exhibition until 21 September. Council will accept submissions up to 28 September but only if you ask before 21/9 – see email address below.
The proposal is for an 80 unit 11 storey apartment building, the first 2 levels being carparking below the level of the Church St footpath. The sloping site (down to the north and east) results in a height of at least 33m above ground level, with a maximum height of 36 metres. This is 8 metres or 29% over the new 8 storey height limit for the site adopted only last year after a lengthy and vigorous community debate. The report in the Examiner this week that it is only 10% higher is incorrect.
This image is taken from the application documents, which are available online until 21/9 at http://datracker.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/Application/ApplicationDetails/016-2021-00000703-001/
We encourage you to have your say about this proposal, which you can do by emailing Council at email@example.com with DA 2021-703 in the subject line.
Background: This is a new proposal for the combined site 11-15 Church St. The controversial approval of the Ascent Apartments in 2017 was for the smaller site 11-13 Church St. That approval was for an 8 storey apartment building which would have had a maximum height of 32 metres, which was more than twice the 5 storey height limit that applied at the time.