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Boarding house controls to be aligned

Boarding house controls to be aligned The City of Canterbury Bankstown is preparing to align boarding house controls across the City, following some poor development outcomes in Canterbury. No  

​The City of Canterbury Bankstown is preparing to align boarding house controls across the City, following some poor development outcomes in Canterbury.

In 2015, the former Bankstown Council became the first council in the state to use the courts to stop boarding houses being constructed in low-density residential areas, after introducing new measures approved by the then NSW Planning Minister. These additional controls also addressed setbacks, solar access, design for climate, accessibility, privacy, open space, landscaped areas and parking.

The former Canterbury Council had no specific controls for boarding house development, relying on those contained in the NSW Government’s Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), released in 2009, which allows for boarding houses in most residential areas and some business zones.

City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, said following the introduction of this SEPP, the number of approvals for boarding houses increased significantly in Canterbury-Bankstown, with almost 700 rooms in 35 developments over the past nine years.

"Sole reliance on those controls has resulted in significant issues with boarding house development in Canterbury," Mayor Asfour said.

"In particular, because such development hasn’t been subject to the Apartment Design Guide, often resulting in very poor development outcomes.

"That situation is about to change. We intend to align controls to create consistency for this form of development right across Canterbury-Bankstown."

Boarding houses are buildings that: 

  • Are wholly or partly let in lodgings;
  • Provide lodgers with a principal place of residence for three months or more;
  • May have shared facilities, such as a communal living room, bathroom, kitchen or laundry; and
  • Have rooms, some or all of which may have private kitchen and bathroom facilities, that accommodate one or more lodgers.

The new City of Canterbury Bankstown has received 15 applications this year, seven were refused, one withdrawn, and the remainder are still waiting decision.

Recently, Council won court cases where two three-level boarding houses were rejected for sites at 118 Duntroon Street and 36 Floss Street, Hurlstone Park, after they were found to be not compatible with the character of the local area; exceeded height limits; and would affect the amenity of adjoining properties.

Council has won a further 28 court cases relating to all development this year, including 10 over the past two months:

  • 1-3 Weyland Street, Punchbowl – appeal dismissed due to excess height, inadequate parking, poor design outcomes and inadequate open space;
  • 27 Fletcher Street, Campsie – appeal upheld after the applicant agreed to Council’s changes to remove a mechanical car stacker, increase front setback, amend the design of the roof and reduce the floor area by 650 square metres;
  • 433-437 Canterbury Road, Campsie – appeal dismissed due to insufficient information on the building height, limited floor area, front design and inability of the foyer and commercial space to promote pedestrian activity;
  • 18-22 Northcote Street, Canterbury – appeal dismissed due to the additional bulk proposed within the design - impacting the amenity of future residents, as well as existing adjoining properties;
  • 13-17 Sixth Avenue, Campsie – Section 34 Agreement after the applicant agreed, before the court, to comply with the 21-metre height control and made major amendments to the overall design, including increased setbacks, solar access and façade changes;
  • 386-398 Beamish Street, Campsie – appeal upheld following significant modifications to address Council’s concerns regarding building height, setbacks, building separation, general design issues and solar access;
  • 45 Cornelia Street, Wiley Park – appeal upheld after the applicant reduced the overall height and number of boarding rooms, and increased setbacks and common space as requested by Council;
  • 6-6A Charles Street, Canterbury – Section 34 Agreement after the applicant agreed, before the court, to delete an upper level from one of the buildings to improve solar access;
  • 6 Broughton Street, Canterbury – Section 34 Agreement after the applicant agreed, before the court, to resolve communal space and waste issues, reducing the proposed Floor Space Ratio (FSR) and improving solar access to units; and
  • 285 Canterbury Road, Canterbury – appeal upheld after the applicant agreed to reduce the height and comply with the height limit, reduce boarding rooms, and increase building separation, as requested by Council.

 19/12/2017 10:11 AM