Warnervale site for 104-place childcare centre

An artist’s impression of the proposed childcare centre

Plans have been lodged with Central Coast Council for a childcare centre a 2 Wyreema Rd, Warnervale.

It is intended the centre will operate on weekdays from 7am to 6pm with 17 staff and catering for 104 children from infants through to five years old.

There will be 20 places for children aged up to two; 30 places for the two to three age group and 54 places for children aged three to five.

To make way for the new two-storey building, the development applicant wants to demolish the existing residence, metals sheds, driveway and some of the trees on the rectangular 2,1548sqm block.

There will be 26 car parking spaces, including 12 for staff and an accessible space, with vehicular access to and from Wyreema Rd via a 5.8m wide driveway and one-way movement from entry to exit.

The Statement of Environment Effects (SEE) says it’s a good location for a childcare centre because it is walking distance from Warnervale train station and bus services to Tuggerah, Lake Haven and Wyong, close to a neighbourhood shop, local schools, parks and sports fields and new emerging residential estates.

The centre has been designed to fit in with the low-density area and minimise impacts on neighbouring properties in terms of privacy, acoustic and overshadowing.

This includes the siting and orientation of the childcare centre, with appropriate setbacks from neighbours, acoustic fencing and landscaped screening, especially along the frontage and eastern boundaries.

An Operational Management Plan, which accompanied the development application, shows how outdoor play times and the number of children outside at any one time will be managed to avoid noise impact on neighbours.

The development site is zoned R2 Low Density Residential where childcare facilities are permissible with consent, and although 2 Wyreema Rd, Warnervale is in the Central Coast Council area, the site is still subject to planning regulations associated with the former Wyong Council’s Local Environment Plan 2013 and Wyong Development Control Plan 2013.

The SEE says that the proposal also complies with State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 and Child Care Planning Guidelines and Children’s (Education and Care Services) Supplementary Care Provisions 2012.

Public submissions on the development application (1254/2022) will be received by Central Coast Council until July 8.

Sue Murray

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