It is developed by OSHR At Vaucluse Holdings Pty Ltd, a company whose sole director is Kam Yun Au-Yeung according to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
The spokesperson also said there was a growing shortage of high-quality senior housing in areas such as Vaucluse: “Especially empty nesters looking to move from large traditional houses to a spacious apartment on measure with appropriate on-site services and facilities. “
Waverley’s Liberal adviser Will Nemesh said the Eastern Suburbs council was one of the most densely populated areas in Sydney and did not need more senior housing.
“We are basically full and if development is to happen it should be appropriate and in accordance with local agreement,” he said.
Cr Nemesh said the proposed development was “entirely inappropriate” for the character of the area: “Old South Head Road is already at a standstill, this development will only add to traffic congestion. “
The site is zoned for medium residential density, but Cr Nemesh said he and fellow Liberal councilor Sally Betts had “fought to reduce the area” of the Diamond Bay area in Vaucluse to low density.
The project uses a statewide policy to promote housing for the elderly close to public transport and services and to families of individuals.
The policy was changed last July to ban senior housing in the “rural metropolitan area,” which includes parts of the Hornsby and Northern Beaches councils, but the planning rules are set to be revised again.
Waverley union adviser Steven Lewis said the policy meant demands for senior housing development “may go higher and bigger” than local planning rules.
“The development involves 37 units replacing seven houses,” he said. “Why does senior housing need three bedroom apartments?” Retirement usually means downsizing, not increasing staff. “
Cr Lewis said there has been a wave of “so-called” senior housing developments in the eastern suburbs “as developers try to bypass planning controls.”
“Housing affordability is a real issue in the eastern suburbs,” he said. “Young residents are being forced to leave the area. “
Cr Lewis said the decision on this development would not be made by council: “It will be determined by a panel which is not accountable to the residents.”
Vaucluse’s Liberal MP Gabrielle Upton said she also shared residents’ concerns about the impact of development and brought those concerns to Planning Minister Rob Stokes.
“It’s important that any new housing we need is appropriately located and designed to fit into existing neighborhoods,” she said.
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