AN APPLICATION for the development of a new childcare centre to be built in Inverloch has received 32 objections.
The plans have been presented to Bass Coast Shire councillors who will decide tomorrow night whether or not to approve the plans.
Planning officers have recommended the application be approve with a long list of conditions.
The proposed centre, at 31-33 Park Street in Inverloch, is a single storey building measuring 627 square metres, which includes four separate rooms for the children, as well as kitchen, staff areas, and 886 square metres of landscaped outdoor play areas.
Placements at the centre are estimated at 111 available spaces for babies through to children aged six.
The centre is proposed to operate with 13 staff between the hours of 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.
Vehicle access to the site will be from Cashin Street via a new double width crossover, while 26 car parking spaces will be provided on the site which exceeds the statutory car parking requirements.
At present, Inverloch has only one kindergarten and one primary school, despite consistent increases in development and population of the town.
Key concerns raised by objectors to the proposal were that the childcare centre, which is technically a business, is not an appropriate use of the land in the General Residential Zone, and that the traffic, parking and general design of the proposed childcare centre will cause a loss of residential amenity, and not enhance the character of the neighbourhood.
The council will make a decision in regards to the proposal at Wednesday’s meeting, taking into consideration the objections towards the application and the recommendations for amendments to the proposal.
Neighbours not happy with plans
IN RESPONSE to the council’s proposed plans to build a childcare centre in Park Street, Inverloch, 32 residents have officially objected to the plans.
A spokesperson for the objecting residents, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the council has not been supportive of the local residents in regards to their concerns for a commercial development in a quiet, residential section of Inverloch.
“Most of us who have previously objected to this were not informed on time about the community engagement meeting on Wednesday, May 11,” the spokesperson said.
“Our letters arrived on May 11. The letters were dated the 5th, however as it was a prepaid envelope the post office does not require a date stamp.
“Most believe that it was a strategic movement against local residents to have low numbers at the meeting.”
Residents who are objecting to this proposal say that they understand the council’s main focus is to provide a community service with the construction of a new childcare centre.
However, residents believe that there are a plethora of other non-residential areas that could be the home of a new childcare centre.
“The other concern is there is already a childcare centre that has recently been approved and going ahead in Williams Street, Inverloch.
“It will be up and running in January 2017. It’s location is close to Inverloch Primary School, on a main road and in a commercial area.
“Why would Inverloch need two childcare centres?” the spokesperson said.
Concerns raised include street parking on Park Street, traffic flow, adequate bushfire plans, and the lowering of surrounding property values.
“We do have concerns of noise pollution and the council’s response that this is not an issue makes it a concern that perhaps they are not sympathetic to our objections,” the spokesperson said.
After speaking with neighbours, the spokesperson said that the general consensus was that their submitted objections were being overlooked, and treated as unimportant.
“We all love Inverloch, and the 32 objections are a significant part of this neighbourhood and community,” the spokesperson said.
Residents of Park Street and other concerned citizens from the community are encouraged by the spokesperson to attend the Ordinary Council Meeting taking place this Wednesday in Wonthaggi at 5pm.