Montefiore Nursing Home, North Randwick
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FINAL (August 2011)
Consent was granted by the Planning Assessment Commission for the full scope of works. A very disappointing outcome for the community and gives many pause for though as to how committed the new Liberal State Governmenr is to planning reform.
UPDATE (July 2011):
Application is in 2 parts being building D, cnr of King & Dangar Street which is a development application and Building E, further west on King Street, which is a 'concept plan'. Given the new Liberal Government has returned planning powers to local councils, is there any reason for the 'concept plan' to be "determined' at all ???
Montefiore Nursing Home is located on the Corner of King & Dangar Streets Randwick. It's on the site of the old bus depot (now located further west on King Street). The nursing home currently has 276 beds with an application to DOUBLE this number plus some self care retirement units. There have been claims that this is the largest nursing home (now called aged care facility) in the Southern Hemisphere. Certainly, with 550+ beds it is equivalent to a large hospital and while the residents may not go out much, with staff, visitors and volunteers, traffic movements around the site are substantial.
Montefiore is in a unique situation in that it lodged a 'Part 3a' application direct to the NSW Dept of Planning. Such applications have been abolished by the new Liberal Government, due to widespread community concerns. However, the status of existing application is unclear. Montefiore is at the 'assessment' phase and for the Randwick Council area, the only Part 3a which is at 'assessment' and relates to private property.
Apart from the HUGE size what are the community concerns with the latest application?
1. There have been numerous substantial 'amendments' to the original plans lodged but these have not been readvertised for comment.
2. The density (floor space ratio) and height of the buildings exceeds some already generous concessions for aged care housing. Some buildings will be up to 20 metres high, compared to a 12 metre height limit. All this in a predominently residential area, many surrounding houses just 1 storey high. This Nursing home will stick out like a sore thumb.
3. Only about 60 extra car parking spaces are provided to the existing 150 on site, which already seems inadequate.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?