A development application seeking to establish a childcare centre at 243 Douglas Road in Salisbury has been lodged.
The application seeks to develop a two-storey childcare centre on Douglas Road, Salisbury. The proposed site was occupied by the St Mary Magdalene’s Anglican Church building until it was demolished in 2018.
The center will be able to accommodate a maximum of 106 children ranging from six weeks to five years old. Proposed operating hours are between 7 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday.
The proposed building will contain six indoor children rooms, two cot rooms, eight bathroom, two multi-purpose rooms, office, reception area, staff room, kitchen, pantry, laundry, and storerooms.
The proposal provides play areas around the facility on the ground floor and above ground on top of the car park located on the first level.
There will also be 22 car parking spaces on the eastern side with access provided off Douglas Road on the easten side of the property frontage. To accommodate the increased need for access, the centre’s existing access arrangements will be augmented.
Landscaping is a key design component of the proposal, the proposal said, covering about 22% of the site with over 10% of the site, or 175sqm, to be used for deep planting. Provision for deep planting will be provided along the northern, eastern, and partially along the southern boundary.
“The development will allow the site to transition from one community use (place of worship) to another (childcare centre). This use will continue to contribute to the needs of the local community,” the Ethos Urban assessment report said.