Estia Health wants to expand the size of its proposed new Maroochydore aged care facility from 108 beds to 126 beds.
Estia Health wants to expand the size of its proposed new Maroochydore aged care facility from 108 beds to 126 beds. Stuart Cumming

Aged care developer pushes for more beds, less garden

A PROPOSED Coast aged care home is back in court as its developers push for more beds and less garden space.

Estia Health, which already has facilities at Mt Coolum, Twin Waters and Nambour, has development approval to build a 108-bed facility on Amity Avenue in the Sunshine Cove estate of Maroochydore.

But it wants to bump that up to 126 beds, according to an application lodged in the Planning and Environment Court.

Documents showed the changes also included cutting the total landscaped and recreational areas from 30 per cent to 26% of the site.

Two extra parking spaces, taking the facility from 37 to 39, have also been proposed.

Parking was a major concern raised by residents across the road from the site during the initial application process.

 

Estia Health wants to expand the size of its proposed new Maroochydore aged care facility from 108 beds to 126 beds.
Estia Health wants to expand the size of its proposed new Maroochydore aged care facility from 108 beds to 126 beds. Stuart Cumming

Submissions made in 2016 against the development focused on street parking being reduced in lieu of a new driveway as well as concerns about where the facility's staff would park.

Sunshine Coast Council approved the facility but a subsequent Planning and Environment Court appeal by one of the residents resulted in conditions being added.

They included the facility not have more than 108 beds.

Mooloolaba-based town planner James Brownsworth, on behalf of Estia Health, said in an affidavit the new changes would not significantly impact on traffic flow or impact the operation of Amity Avenue and the surrounding area.

His application also noted a substantial sized sensory garden was proposed to give residents a peaceful setting to enjoy the outdoors.

"Substantial amounts of landscaping are proposed along all site frontages to ensure the site is appropriately buffered from the surrounding area and to provide shade to footpaths and pedestrian pathways," the application read.

The application remains before the court for a decision.


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