A major $4 million child care centre open 14 hours a day with spaces for 155 children has been recommended for approval in Orange.
The proposed centre would be one of the largest in the city and would directly benefit nearby health care and Cadia mine workers.
It would be built behind the existing Bloomfield Medical Centre building off Forest Road, which is opposite Orange Hospital.
A staff report to Orange City Council has recommended the centre be approved at Tuesday night's council meeting.
"The facility will have capacity for 155 children aged between 0-5 years, and operate between the hours of 6am to 8pm Monday to Friday," it said.
The development application was amended from an earlier proposal last year which placed the centre behind the new Remington Hotel at the Bloomfield site.
When the new site was placed on public exhibition this year no public submissions were received.
The centre is seen as a boost to help ease child care place shortages in Orange.
It follows council approval last month of a $2.3 million child care centre in the former Newstead Bowling Club building on Hill Street.
That centre will provide spots for 92 children and operate from 6.30am-6.30pm Monday-Friday.
The staff report on the Bloomfield centre said jobs for 27 staff would be created.
The single-storey building will have nine age group-specific playrooms with adjacent bathroooms and sleeping rooms, an entry foyer with reception area and office, kitchen, dining room and laundry and a staff room and amenities.
An outdoor play area will also be provided as part of the child care centre.
The DA states there will be 66 places for pre-schoolers, 45 for toddlers and 44 for infants. Those 155-spaces for children are 55 more than was originally planned when parking and traffic requirements were assessed.
However, the DA said while it was required to provide 39 car spaces on site for 155 children there would be up to 115 spaces created, including upgrading 54 spaces at a temporary car park.
Tuesday's council meeting will also consider a report on plans for a retail area at the Bloomfield complex.
It was put out to public exhibition and received two submissions. One said Orange was already well served with supermarkets and retail and the other dealt with planning issues.
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