A corner lot located in a low-density residential zone in The Gap will be transformed into a 95-place childcare centre, should a development proposal from Nadi Lane Projects 1 Pty Ltd be approved.
The proposed centre, at 1019-1023 Waterworks Road, is a two-storey building measuring 745 square metres, which includes a staff room, office, pantry, kitchen, reception area, two outdoor play areas and baby play area, as well as undercroft car park for 19 spaces.
Vehicle access to the site will be from Pammay Road, a minor road to avoid introducing additional access points to Waterworks Road.
The site is located amongst other community facilities and nearby centres, notably The Gap High School (within 25 metres) and The Gap Village Shopping Centre (within 200 metres).
A report prepared by Aspect Town Planning on behalf of the applicant states that the proposed childcare centre is identified as being consistent with the overall outcomes of the low-density residential zone. The proposed development has been designed to be respectful of the surrounding built form, being no more than 2 storey’s and 9.5m in height, according to the report.
“Market research and feedback has indicated the need for an additional childcare centre within The Gap area, although to be appropriately sized and located,” the application said.
The majority of existing long daycare places (179 of 275 total places) within The Gap are positioned along Payne Road which is south of the subject. Two other centres, with both 48 places, service the Waterworks Road at present.
Two dwelling houses on the subject site will have to be demolished to accommodate the development. If approved, the childcare centre will take in children ages 0-5 years and will operate from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
For more information about the development application, see Full DA – A005271157.