DAP approves Ashby childcare centre plans

An artist's impression of the proposed childcare on Fomiatti Street, Ashby.
An artist's impression of the proposed childcare on Fomiatti Street, Ashby.

ASHBY families could get another childcare option close to home following development approval of a $2 million centre.

The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel has conditionally approved Planning Solutions’ application for a centre at 2 Fomiatti Street in Ashby, owned by Endeavour Properties.

The centre would accommodate up to 86 children and 17 staff members and is near land zoned for a future school.

The five-member panel discussed easements and operating hours at the October 31 meeting, agreeing to modify conditions recommended by the City of Wanneroo to allow it to operate from 6am to 6pm on weekdays, excluding public holidays.

Wanneroo Councillor Sonet Coetzee said that would allow the centre to open earlier if there was demand from parents needing to drop off children earlier.

The panel also changed a condition to require easements for the overall development site to be finalised before the centre could be used, rather than before construction started.

Other conditions related to the bushfire, noise, construction and waste management plans, and one required the landowner to pay developer contributions for public infrastructure.

Plans drawn up by Oldfield Knott Architects included a 564sq m building and 605sq m of outdoor play areas and verandahs.

There will be 43 on-site parking areas, to be shared with adjacent developments.

A report to the panel said the parking shortfall on the overall site, which already has the Ashby Tavern, supermarket and fuel station, would drop from 174 bays to 156 bays, with 362 provided.

It said that shortfall was acceptable given the reciprocal parking arrangements and staggered timing of people dropping off or picking up children from the childcare centre.

During public consultation, the City received one submission that objected to the proposal due to concerns about its proximity to the fuel station, traffic concerns and loss of income.

Feedback sought on Landsdale childcare centre

PLANS for a childcare centre in Landsdale are out for public consultation.

The City of Wanneroo has invited feedback on plans designed by Aveling Developments for a centre at 14 Denham Gardens, on the corner of Kingsway, until November 14.

The proposed childcare centre would cater for a maximum of 67 children and 10 staff on site, and to operate between 6.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au to make a submission.

The application will be considered by Wanneroo Council at a future meeting.

Plans for the Denham Gardens childcare centre.