New Sagewood build will boost available ECEC spaces in Woodvale
Sagewood Early Learning will soon expand its presence in the West Australian early childhood education and care sector with approval being granted for the development of a 71 place two storey service on the corner of Lyell Grove and Timberlane Drive opposite the Woodvale Village Shopping Centre.
The service will operate between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and will bring the total number of centres in the Sagewood network to five.
Sagewood COO Jay Barr has been a resident of Woodvale for over 30 years, and said she was excited to be expanding the business close to home.
The residents of the adjoining property raised multiple concerns about the development, noting issues with car park security, bin placement and fencing.
Neighbour Sue Fallon told local paper Perth News that she objected to the proposed 2.1m tall fences on two sides of her property after she recently installed a 1.8m fence.
“While I am not wishing to have to look much at the extremely huge building next door, I object to being more fenced in by an extra 30cm,” she said.
She was also concerned about “undesirables” in the underground car park after hours, and that bins located near her fenceline could be used as a “launchpad” for said undesirables to access her yard.
In response Trent Will of Taylor Burrell Barnett highlighted the benefits of service’s location in a “commercial streetscape”, next to a dentist and physiotherapist and opposite a shopping centre, as well as being 220m from a primary school.
Efforts had been made to minimise the impact to neighbouring properties with the service’s play areas being placed to limit noise, and with the upper floor of the building being set back 3 metres from the residential boundary.
Motion sensor security lighting will be installed in the car park to address Ms Fallon’s concerns, but moving the bin storage would be a “challenge” given the site restrictions, he said.
The Metro Outer Joint Development Assessment Panel voted to add lighting and security considerations to the operations management plan, which is also to address noise impacts and waste collection, to give Ms Fallon more comfort.
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