Development

Planning that Best Meets Child Care Needs

In the March quarter of 2021, almost 50% of children aged 0-5 years and more than 30% of children aged 0-12 years used approved child-care.

Child-care is looming as an issue at next year’s federal election with affordability and accessibility key issues for parents.

The arrival of the Planning & Design Code in March this year saw some fundamental changes to how pre-schools and child-care centres are integrated into Residential/Neighbourhood zones for the better.

In May, and under the former planning system, the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters refused a proposal to convert a large heritage listed building on Kensington Road into a child-care centre.  The reason for refusal was the size and scale of the facility within its residential setting.

In November the same proposal was roundly supported and approved, the difference being that the Planning & Design Code now expressly anticipates child care centres (amongst other non-residential uses) within the Established Neighbourhood Zone.

Another successful planning service by URPS means Bower Education can expand its comprehensive and creative educational programs for Adelaide families and re-use another terrific Local Heritage Place.

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