City of Cambridge opposes child care development in residential area over noise

The City of Cambridge has asked a state planning body to turn down a daycare project in West Leederville.

The Joint Development Appraisal Committee will review Acquwest Investment’s $2.1 million project on September 6.

But the city has recommended that the two-story center for 50 children be rejected, saying it does not fit the street context and will cause problems with noise, traffic, building clutter and parking.

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“The scale and intensity of the proposal will not be compatible and complementary with surrounding residential development,” said a city report.

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The city said the center was surrounded by houses and would be an “overdevelopment” of the vacant 1000m² block.

The center is 200 meters from the Mitchell Highway and over 600 meters from the West Leederville train station.

The city also objected to “outdoor play areas” near neighboring properties.

Camera iconArtist’s impression of the daycare’s appearance on the street. Credit: Harley Dykstra/Provided

The proposed development is located at the corner of Vincent Street West and Kimberley Street. It would include two activity rooms, two outdoor play areas, staff rooms, offices and a kitchen.

A dwelling house previously stood on the site.

If approved, the center will be able to accommodate up to 50 children and seven staff members, with proposed opening hours between 6.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday.

During the publicity, the proposal received 70 submissions, with 62 objecting, seven in support, and one simply providing a comment.

On behalf of the claimant, town planning consultancy Harley Dykstra said the facility was “of high quality architectural design” and would “provide an important service to its local community”.

“The facility was designed to activate its Vincent Street West and Kimberley Street frontages while respecting sensitive neighboring land uses and enhancing the amenity of the daycare itself,” they said.

“In doing so, it ensures that all active outdoor play spaces are sufficiently removed from sensitive boundaries and that appropriate visual and acoustical treatments are provided where necessary.”

The city says the daycare doesn't fit the street context and will cause issues with noise, traffic, building clutter and parking.
Camera iconThe city says the daycare doesn’t fit the street context and will cause issues with noise, traffic, building clutter and parking. Credit: Harley Dykstra/Provided

Harley Dykstra said the design would “celebrate its location on a prominent street corner” and be “accessible” to walkers, drivers and close to public transportation.

“This development will be a very positive contribution to the whole area, increasing the level of activity and the dynamism of the locality,” they said.