A 72-place childcare centre has been proposed at 675 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road, Sinnamon Park. To facilitate the development, the application also seeks permission for partial demolition, relocation and alterations of both a State and Local heritage place.
An analysis of the local area indicated that only two (2) existing childcare centres exist within the Sinnamon Park catchment and that these centres have no further capacity or vacancy to support additional places, indicating a requirement for additional supply to meet the growing demand.
The developer is thus proposing a childcare centre that can accommodate up to 72 places which it considers appropriately sized to service its local catchment area.
To accommodate the development, the proposal will involve the retention and repurposing of the existing heritage church. In its application documents, the developer stated that the proposed childcare centre with the support of a heritage architect has been designed to enable it to integrate the heritage church into the development.
“The proposed design achieves the intent of the Emerging community zone as it provides a compatible bulk and scale that integrates with the built form of the surrounding locality. This is reflected through a 2-3 storey built form maintained below a compliant level of 9.5m. Furthermore, the development incorporates generous boundary setbacks and landscaping that is compatible with the residential character and amenity of the area,” the Town Planning Alliance assessment report states.
The proposed development will incorporate opportunities for deep planting, landscaping and acoustic fencing in order to mitigate any potential adverse impacts on neighbouring uses. The design also employs elements and features that result in a well-articulated facade and a high level of streetscape appeal.
A total of 14 car parking spaces, including one (1) disabled bay for drop-off is included in the proposal as well as access via a crossover to and from Seventeen Mile Rocks Road.
The proposed operating hours for the centre are between 6.30 am and 7 pm Monday to Friday.