‘Too much house’ knocked back at City Beach
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.