JDAP approves $2.1m child care centre proposal in Bayswater

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THE Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) has approved a proposed $2.1 million child day care centre in Bayswater dust and traffic concerns.

JDAP members approved 4-1 Coulston Group’s application for the centre at the vacant Lot 180-182, 7-11 Newton Street subject to amendments, with Bayswater deputy mayor Chris Cornish voting against.

Amendments include a dust management plan and construction management plan and the deletion of a required acoustic fence along the north-eastern boundary of 7 Newton Street at this morning’s meeting.

The centre will feature a building and outdoor play areas with a maximum capacity of 92 children and 16 staff, 27 car bays, one disabled bay, one vehicle access crossover, earthworks, landscaping and the removal of one street tree from the Newton Street verge.

The site is surrounded by residential properties and is located within 1.5km of two other child day care centres.

It is located about 210m west of Tonkin Highway and has road frontage to both Guildford Road and Newton Street.

JDAP deputy presiding member Sheryl Chaffer said the proposal was in an “ideal” location and would serve the community.

Four public submissions raised concerns over the potential increase in traffic along Newton Street, noise impact of the amount of children, dust and the location being in a bushfire hazard area.

These concerns were addressed in a Main Roads WA review, an acoustic report and a Bushfire Emergency Evacuation Plan submitted by the applicant.

Ms Chaffer said her initial concerns about the site being flood and bushfire prone could be managed.

JDAP specialist member Michael Hardy said child care centres were not accepted in high density areas but if the noise impact could be addressed, this land use would be suitable for the location.

Cr Cornish said he was concerned about the traffic volumes, traffic and dust impacts and how they could be mitigated along with the yet-to-be finalised landscape plan.

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