$2.1m child care centre proposed for development in Wembley rejected

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A PROPOSED $2.1 million child care centre on Selby Street, Wembley has been rejected.

The Metro West JDAP, including Town of Cambridge councillors Andre Timmermanis and Rod Bradley, voted unanimously to reject Planning Solutions’ proposal to build a two-storey centre with an upper floor, unroofed, outdoor play area.

Location and design were the main concerns because the property was in a residential zone.

Presiding member Megan Adair said the plan made no effort to integrate the development into a residential zone.

“The location I would say, it’s in a good spot because that’s where it should be on busy roads, but then you have to consider parking and they’re not even close to addressing that,” she said.

“When there are issues known in the area it’s good to take the next step to show how it will work and none of us have seen that with this plan.”

Deputy Presiding member Clayton Higham said he was unsure whether the development’s design fit in with the area.

Vehicle access was planned for Herdsman Parade and people would access the site from Herdsman Parade and Selby Street.

Transcore Senior Traffic transport engineer Mohammad Rasouli said they conducted a traffic impact assessment that showed how the area would operate if the centre was built and found the impact “insignificant”.

“There is existing congestion at moment and in future, if we build childcare centre, we will have this congestion – we reviewed this and considered the traffic impact would be insignificant,” he said.