Community group fights retirement village development at Central Coast bowling club

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The new wave of Consumer Advocacy: The Save Woy Woy Waterfront community group says they are working “100 percent to stop inappropriate development” of the Sporties Woy Woy Bowling Club, arguing the Club’s owners are trying to turn a profit by exploiting a loophole that allows the site to be used for a retirement village.

The Club wants to redevelop the site as a four-storey, 63-unit senior’s housing development above a smaller licensed club. Their plan is currently before the Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) for assessment.

“Seniors have the right to live in nice apartments by the sea,” spokesperson Ross Cochrane said. “But residents of neighbourhoods also have the right to fight to keep open space and Councils have the right to uphold the zoning of open recreational space.”

Over 120 residents made submissions to Central Coast Council against the development, which is now considering making their own submission to the JRRP.

More proof that community advocacy groups are having their say – and being heard.