‘Too much house’ knocked back at City Beach

POST Newspapers - - Letters - By BEN DICK­IN­SON

Plans for a “mas­sive” house in City Beach’s Hovea Cres­cent that would “make a mock­ery” of the sub­urb’s char­ac­ter have been knocked back by Cam­bridge coun­cil­lors.

“I don’t think they could have made it any larger with­out go­ing fur­ther into our set­back re­quire­ments,” coun­cil­lor James Nel­son told a de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing.

“It re­ally does make a mock­ery of the whole gar­den sub­urb we’re en­vis­ag­ing.”

Plans sub­mit­ted on be­half of owners Joey Teao and Weimin Gong show a two-storey house with six bed­rooms on top of an un­der­croft garage.

The owners bought the 1065sq.m block at 26 Hovea Cres­cent for $1.54mil­lion in 2016.

They filed their first plans in De­cem­ber last year, and have since re­vised them four times.

Neigh­bour David Porzig told coun­cil­lors the pro­posed house was “mas­sive” and “a block of a house”.

“Our house is not small, but this house is over dou­ble the size,” Mr Porzig said.

“Our en­ter­tain­ment and liv­ing ar­eas will be to­tally over­shad­owed, and we won’t get sun un­til two o’clock in the af­ter­noon.”

Mr Nel­son, de­spite his scathing crit­i­cism of the de­sign, said there was not much the coun­cil could do to stop the house be­ing built.

“There’s very lit­tle that is out­side the R-Codes,” he said.

Coun­cil­lor Ian Everett, a town plan­ner, agreed.

“The is­sue is, when you’ve got a big­ger block you can build a big­ger house,” Mr Everett said.

“If we didn’t [ap­prove it] we’d get slaugh­tered on ap­peal.”

The home’s roof is 50cm above the 7m height limit, but only be­cause the limit was low­ered from 7.5m in Oc­to­ber – af­ter the plans were ad­ver­tised.

Re­tain­ing walls are pro­posed in the front set­back area, which coun­cil staff judged to be ac­cept­able.

Build­ing de­signer Adrian De Lu­cia told the de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee the site was steeply-slop­ing and dif­fi­cult to de­sign for.

At last week’s full coun­cil meet­ing, mayor Keri Shan­non used her cast­ing vote to refuse the plans.

A “mock­ery”… Coun­cil­lors re­jected this plan for a house in City Beach’s Hovea Cres­cent.

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