Planning Application for Nursery Site District Neighbourhood Centre GWP – P17/V0762/RM

http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/java/planning/ApplicationDetails.jsp?REF=P17/V0762/RM

The application made by agent on behalf of Bright Horizons Family Solutions Ltd, a large national childcare provider https://www.brighthorizons.co.uk/ already with some local nurseries in operation in the local area.

The GWPRA were notified on 12/05/2017 but the submission for comment deadline is 04/05/2017, presumably this has been extended. Follows are some initial comments from the GWPRA, please leave further FB comments, email chairperson@gwpra.org.uk or respond directly on the Council website:

  1. There is currently a very high demand for pre-school childcare on GWP. This is definitely a feature of a new estate with more affordable housing for the area.
  2. The occupants of the flats overlooking the play area should be subject to vetting (DBS), to ensure no unsuitable persons are housed there.
  3. The 17 Parking spaces maybe limited, given the number of nursery and pre school children proposed to be present. (33 Babies, 32 Toddlers & 32 Pre-School plus staff) Are there plans for a dedicated drop off zone? Would there be bans on parents using the carpark as is common? Would it be possible to make a shared parking scheme with the community centre and nursery, since their peak times are likely to be opposing? Oxfordshire Highways are also concerned about the Travel Plan, particularly the impact on Cherry Tree Road.
  4. There is no traffic calmed pedestrian crossing shown close to the Nursery, to enable safe passage across the spine road for the most vulnerable road users.