Metro North-West DAP approves plans for $13.6m Banksia Grove east primary school

The Banksia Grove east primary school site.
The Banksia Grove east primary school site.

THE State Government has received development approval for the Banksia Grove east primary school plans.

The $13.648 million school on Grandis Boulevard and Laricina Bend is due to open in 2019 for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary classes, and expand to accommodate years 1 to 6 in 2020.

The Metro North-West Development Asssessment Panel approved plans lodged by the Finance Department at its October 10 meeting.

During the meeting, panel members discussed safety measures to protect the early childhood classes from construction activity and were told those buildings would have separate access and parking to the building site.

They also asked about potential parking issues on the opposite side of Grandis Boulevard, and were told the City of Wanneroo would review traffic management six months after the school opening.

According to the report, the site has been cleared to allow construction to start on the first stage of the school, which was approved separately.

“The staged approach was adopted to enable the pre-primary/kindergarten complex to open for the start of the 2019 school year,” it said.

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The school will have eight single storey buildings including an early childhood teaching block, four general teaching blocks, administration and dental therapy building, library and staff room, canteen, covered assembly and music block.

Plans provide 180 parking bays on site as well as 14 on-street parking bays, and bicycle parking areas for 80 bicycles.

The school will accommodate up to 634 students and about 63 staff members, and the site includes locations for four future transportable classrooms if needed.

“Car parking and access for the proposed development is assessed as sufficient to cater for the 634 students,” the report said.

“There are no known environmental or heritage constraints that would inhibit the development of the site for a public primary school.”