No to child care centre

After residents complain about parking congestion

OPPONENTS of a 53-place child care centre proposed for Dan Street in Merrylands, had a win last week after the Cumberland Local Planning Panel (CLPP) unanimously knocked back a development application (DA) for the site.
The owner of the site was seeking permission to demolish an existing home to build a new two-storey child care centre with basement car parking.
Dan Street is a small cul-de-sac off Burnett Street and opposite Merrylands Park, and neighbours raised concerns including the suitability of the proposed site for a child care centre.
The most common issue raised by those opposed to the DA was about the adverse impact additional cars would have on existing traffic and parking congestion, but other issues raised included a lack of footpaths in the street as well as the increased noise and a lack of outdoor space for children to play safely in

When the proposal went on exhibition in November last year, the council received 20 submissions opposed to the DA, including a petition with 17 signatures.
One resident told the council that the street already suffered under the strain of the volume of residents’ cars, describing garbage collection days as “a nightmare”.
They added that it was already impossible to drive along the road “without manoeuvring around parked vehicles”.
Also urging the DA be rejected, another property owner noted that there had been at least one fatal accident on the corner of Dan and Burnett Street and delays already being experienced by residents entering and exiting the cul-de-sac, would only be exacerbated by adding more traffic.