A major health facility wants to install fencing around its perimeter to stop people walking through its property.
Cancer Care Western NSW has lodged a development application with Orange City Council for the $20,000 project to enclose Western Care Lodge on Forest Road.
Western Care Lodge provides motel-style accommodation for regional cancer patients undergoing radiotheraphy and chemotherapy at Orange Hospital.
It is proposed to build a new fence to delineate the grounds of Western Care Lodge and to deter people walking into and through the propertyDA to Orange council
The DA states the fence would include several lockable gates.
"It is proposed to build a new fence to delineate the grounds of Western Care Lodge and to deter people walking into and through the property," it said.
It said the fence would meet up with an existing security fence at the former Bloomfield Country Club site.
The metal palisade (pool-style) fence would be 1.5 metres high and 165 metres long.
"The fence and associated plantings have been designed to complement and enhance the park-like environment while protecting heritage features," it said.
The DA said the work would involve planting greenery to also 'provide some privacy for Lodge residents by screening the nearby hospital car park and an area north of the Lodge grounds where hospital patients and staff gather under the [trees]."
Western Care Lodge was built in 2011 and extended in 2014.
An attached report by the heritage advisor to Orange council, David Scobie, said the plan was reasonable.
"The purpose of the fence is appreciated and the need is a response to the current range of uses on the site," he said.
"There are no other reasonable strategies or options which could serve this purpose."
Mr Scobie said an arborist's report would be needed to decide over a large camphor laurel tree which might need to be removed. He also called for a review of the affect on other tree roots.
However the DA states it's own arborist had advised that the camphor laurel be preserved. And it said the work would have minimal impact on tree roots.
"Where necessary sections of fencing will be suspended above tree roots," it said.
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