COUNCILLORS have rejected a plan to create a childcare centre at premises once occupied by the former Radius Disability Services at Kennington.

The proposal for the facilities at 9-11 Harcourt Street would have seen car parking requirements waived to allow for the new centre to accommodate 110 children, and involve the partial demolition of the existing building to create three childcare rooms and other amenities.

An external play area of approximately 770 square metres is also planned.

Councillors rejected the proposal on grounds it did not support the provision of any parking and was inconsistent with the objectives of the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme.

The plan would result in “unacceptable amenity impacts for surrounding residents and users of Ewing Park,” council said.

As part of the report considered by councillors at Wednesday’s meeting, details of the planned redevelopment of Ewing Park were provided showing concepts for a multi-purpose junior sports oval and athletics track, skate park, cycling trail hub, play space, outdoor fitness stations and the partial closure of adjacent Havlin Street West.

The development of Ewing Park is scheduled to occur over several years and is subject to funding and budget approvals, as well as some external grants and community fundraising.

Stage One works are due to commence in October, and designs have been submitted for a new playing surface, irrigation, athletics track, fencing, walking track and lighting.