‘Let kids in’ - subcouncil

2015-09-08 06:00
The proposed Early Childhood Development Centre will be situated in Durban Raod in Wynberg. 

PHOTO: 
astrid FEBRUARIE

The proposed Early Childhood Development Centre will be situated in Durban Raod in Wynberg. PHOTO: astrid FEBRUARIE

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The application for an early childhood development centre in Durban Road in Wynberg received support from subcouncil 20 last week.

The applicant, Olden and Associates, proposed that the crèche would be of a small scale and would be complimentary to the surrounding residential uses and a service which is currently in great demand for the residents in the area.

The application received eight objections and one conditional yes from the Old Wynberg Village Society.

This was revealed in the Protea subcouncil 20 report last week.

The members of the subcouncil support the application with conditions, one of which is that indigenous trees, which are appropriate to the area, are planted on the property.

The plan is that 16 children will be accommodated on the property and the operating hours will be between 08:00 and 13:00 on weekdays.

In their motivation the applicant states that the location is ideal as the crèche will provide a much-needed service which is easily accessible.

The location of the property provides for a safe and natural environment for the children to learn and play in.

The applicant further states that the proposal “is entirely compatible with the surrounding land uses and there is a lack of impact on the area as there are no windows or doors proposed on the northern and southern length of the proposed building, thus reducing noise projection towards the surrounding neighbours”.

The report also states that a senior professional officer of the City’s transport impact assessment and development control department had no objections to the proposed application.

The department states that “the scale of the facility must be limited to a small-scale early childhood development centre in terms of the policy” and that all staff using private cars must park on-site at all times.

The department further wants children to be dropped off on-site from a safety perspective and also to minimise the delay on Durban Road which carries a high volume of traffic in peak time.

The department also says that should any of the existing trees in the road reserve have to be removed to allow for the new access onto Durban Road, “a comment must be obtained from the City parks branch and all work proposed within the road reserve will require a permit from the roads branch”

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