$2.1 million Green Leaves Early Learning childcare centre approved in Wanneroo

An artist’s impression of the Green Leaves Early Learning Centre proposed in Wanneroo.
An artist’s impression of the Green Leaves Early Learning Centre proposed in Wanneroo.

A CHILDCARE centre in a residential street in Wanneroo has been conditionally approved.

The $2.1 million proposal for a Green Leaves Early Learning Centre will involve redeveloping three residential blocks on the corner of Wanneroo and San Rosa roads.

The City of Wanneroo had recommended it be approved but with conditions including having a maximum of 83 children and 14 staff members and only operating from 6.30am to 7pm on weekdays.

However, neighbour Sandra Troncone attended yesterday’s Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel meeting to oppose the development.

She said her home was located to the north side of the proposal, which would be only 1m from her boundary and on the side with her living areas where she spends most of her time.

She also said traffic was a “major concern”, with a management report “full of assumptions and guesswork”.

“It’s dangerous at peak times. It’s dangerous as an adult and would be even more so with a child or pram in tow,” she said.

Ms Troncone also raised noise concerns.

Planning Solutions senior planner Alessandro Stagno said the childcare centre would only have a laundry window facing Ms Troncone’s home, which would reduce any noise impact.

He also said the traffic report was supported by the City and Main Roads WA and was based on modelling data, which showed the development would generate a maximum of 42 vehicles in peak times and that was “well within capacity”.

He also added the single-storey design was comparable to the “general character of the locality” and would have minimal impact on surrounding properties.

Wanneroo Cr Russell Driver asked if the development could be moved to the south of the site, away from Ms Troncone’s home, but Mr Stagno said the south part was being used for the playspace.

He said moving the development would put the playspace at the north and closer to Ms Troncone’s home, which would have more of a noise impact.

Cr Driver then requested there be additional landscaping on the northern boundary, in consultation with Ms Troncone, to “lessen the impact of the bulk and scale”.

Acting presiding member Sheryl Chaffer asked Mr Stagno if they had consulted with Ms Troncone and he said no but the applicant knew the City would be consulting with her.

Wanneroo approval services manager Pas Bracone said there was “precedent throughout the City of childcare centres in residential areas, similar to this proposal”.

“Overall, from the City’s point of view, this is an appropriate use of the site,” he said.

Panel acting deputy presiding member Clayton Higham asked if the City would prohibit street parking to prevent congestion during drop-off and pick-up times.

Mr Bracone said the City could review the situation if it became a problem but the need to prohibit street parking had not been identified.

Cr Frank Cvitan also raised concerns with congestion on San Rosa Road during peak times.

In moving to approve the proposal, Mr Higham said he accepted there would be some impact, “but that is always the case with a non-residential use in a residential location”.

“I think the outcome is more than acceptable,” he said.

The proposal was unanimously approved.