PLANS for a medical and childcare centre in Butler gained City of Wanneroo council approval last week.
Most councillors supported a staff recommendation to give conditional approval for the double-storey development on the corner of Marchwood and Kingsbridge boulevards on September 13.
Cr Samantha Fenn successfully moved an amendment to increase the screening height around the upper-level outdoor play area at the childcare centre to 1.8m.
Cr Fenn said it needed to be a “non-climbable” fence as children would face a drop of at least four metres if they managed to get over it.
Moving the original motion, Cr Dianne Guise said the plans fitted with efforts to “create activity centres” and higher density developments.
“It’s handy to have childcare centres near where you work,” she said.
Cr Domenic Zappa said it was “not uncommon” to find multi-storey schools and daycare centres in Europe, and Cr Brett Treby said WA planning policies supported mixed-use, multi-storey developments to meet the demands of Perth’s population growth.
Having voiced parking and traffic concerns at the September 6 briefing session, Cr Sabine Winton voted against the proposal, adding she did not think a second-storey childcare centre was appropriate.