Plan for $4.5million, 100-resident boarding house at Banksia

An artist impression of the four-storey boarding house proposed for Banksia Avenue, Banksia.
An artist impression of the four-storey boarding house proposed for Banksia Avenue, Banksia.

A $4.5 million, four-storey boarding house with 49 double-rooms would be built on the corner of Banksia Avenue and Albert Street, Banksia, under a development application before Bayside Council.

If approved, it would be one of the largest boarding houses in the Bayside local government area.

The application has been taken out by social housing provider, Muslim Care.

It would see the demolition of two houses to make a combined 1217 square-metre site.

The boarding house would include 11 "double lodger" rooms plus communal open space, a common room and a manager's room on the ground floor.

There would be 16 double rooms on level-one, 12 on level-two, and nine on level-three.

There would be on-site parking for 10 cars, five motorcycles and five bicycles.

The site is zoned R3 medium density and the proposed boarding house is permitted in the zone.

The plan also contravenes height controls for the area. It would be 14.4-metres high when height controls for the area ar 12-metres.

Bayside Council has received a number of objections on the grounds of height, overshadowing, loss of privacy, lack of parking spaces, design and that it is out of character with the location.

A development application for another boarding house with 63 residents has been lodged for a site in Short Street, 163-metres away from the Banksia Avenue site.

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