PLANS for Yanchep’s third primary school received development approval this week amid concerns about a parking shortfall.
The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel conditionally approved the Education Department’s proposed $13.5 million school on Sunningdale Road, designed by EIW Architects, at its October 8 meeting.
A report prepared by the Finance Department recommended approval with 24 conditions, including native fauna and bushfire management plans.
Because there would be a parking shortfall if student numbers reached full capacity, it also recommended conditions for a traffic and parking management strategy, provision of at least 58 parking bays and a requirement to be a part of the ‘Your Move’ program to promote walking, cycling and public transport rather than cars.
The 4.04ha site on the corner of Sunningdale Road and Moorpark Avenue is adjacent to St Andrew’s Park, which has an oval that the school will share with the community.
The school will cater for about 430 students and 40 staff, with space for six transportable classrooms if needed to accommodate a maximum of 560 students.
It will have a 33-bay parking area off Sunningdale and a 35-bay area off Moorpark as well as 63 on-street parking bays.
The report said there would be a three to 12-bay shortfall under different policies, but not until the transportable classrooms were introduced, and the parking lots would be available for public use outside school hours.
At Tuesday’s meeting, panel members raised concerns about the parking shortfall and a Finance Department representative said there was no space for extra parking while a City of Wanneroo officer said the three-bay shortfall was “negligible” within the 131 total.
“It’s the same standard and the same policy in all schools and it’s not working,” deputy panel member and Wanneroo councillor Samantha Fenn said.
“We’ve got a new school going in so we’ve got an opportunity to do something better.”
The panel changed several conditions, requiring an extra three parking bays, that all parking and footpaths be built before the school opening and that provision of extra street bays on Moorpark Avenue be investigated.
Mover Russell Driver, also a Wanneroo councillor, said overall he was happy the area was getting the school although there were conditions that needed addressing.
The site is about 150m from the future Yanchep city centre.
During the City of Wanneroo’s public consultation, 11 submissions were lodged, mainly relating to traffic and safety issues, loss of amenity and lack of potential students.
Historic school gets facelift
The suburb’s oldest school, now called Yanchep Lagoon Primary School, is also undergoing upgrades.
Butler MLA John Quigley said the community fought hard with him to get a high school in Yanchep and the upgrades followed the opening of Yanchep Secondary College last year.
“The upgrade of the primary school delivers on yet another one of my election promises,” he said.
Forward works, including the refurbishment of an existing block, demolition of an existing block and the construction of a new hard court, were completed in August.
The first stage of major works, due to finish in June 2020, include construction of an early childhood education block and two general classroom blocks.
The second stage, due to finish in July 2021, will include a library, covered assembly area and refurbishing existing area.