Uniting reveals new Nareen Gardens details after community feedback

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Uniting NSW.ACT has revealed new plans for its controversial redevelopment of Nareen Gardens retirement village on the NSW Central Coast following community consultation.

The existing village (pictured above) at Bateau Bay is set to be overhauled into a vertical development; however, community concerns have forced the operator to scale back its original design.

According to Uniting, the following changes have been made to the proposal:

  • Removed building 4 from the plans
  • Decreased independent living apartments by 20%. The plan now proposes 186 apartments
  • Removed the top floors from three buildings (1, 2 and 5)
  • Added 28 accessible ground level apartments with courtyards across five buildings (Buildings 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
  • Increased the distance of the buildings to 12 metres apart
  • Increased the Village Green by 48% and kept the original plans for a children’s playground, barbeque area, activities and seated areas
  • Moved three buildings (2, 5 and 6) further from the eastern boundary, increasing the depth of the landscaping
  • Added clothes drying areas for residents
  • Reduced the size of two buildings (Buildings 1 and 2) on Altona Avenue
  • Created wider roads and improved access and security

Adrian Ciano, Head of Property Development at Uniting NSW.ACT, said the development aims to fix gaps in the local seniors housing market and feedback has been welcomed.

“Consultation is an important part of every development, to help us understand what the community wants and needs from their community services and seniors living.

“Uniting is pleased to provide greater privacy through less dwellings, greater setbacks, lower heights, additional screening, solid balustrading as well as increased landscaping, aligning to the comments made by the community,” he said.

Further details will be made available to the public for comment once Uniting resubmits its development application to Central Coast Council.