PLANS for Bathurst’s second KFC outlet, a Shell service station and new childcare centre have been lodged with Bathurst Regional Council for the Gateway development at the city’s eastern entrance.
Two new roads – Ingersole Drive and Muldoon Avenue – have already been established on the 27-hectare development site that fronts the Great Western Highway opposite Harvey Norman at Kelso.
The first stage of the development includes 14 lots with 10 lots currently sold or under offer.
The service station and KFC will be built at 16 Ingersole Drive and the childcare centre at 11 Ingersole Drive.
A statement of environmental effects (SoEE) lodged with the DA says the childcare centre would cater for a maximum of 103 children aged up to five years, with a total of 18 staff.
Opening hours would be 7am-6pm weekdays with all meals for the children to be provided on-site.
A cafe at the centre will be available for parents’ use.
The service station would employ a maximum of two people at any time and would initially be open from 5am-10pm daily with plans to go 24-hours in the future, while the fast food outlet would have between six and eight staff at once and opening hours of 6am-midnight.
The joint development will include 24 car parking spaces and CCTV will be installed to deter criminal activity.
Plans to develop the Gateway precinct have been on the drawing board for more than 10 years.
Gateway Land Corporation development director Bob Walsh told the Western Advocate earlier this year that the state government’s $104 million upgrade of the Great Western Highway through Kelso had provided the final push to get it started.
Planning has also started on developing a six-hectare industrial precinct at the rear of the estate.
“It’s good to be ahead of the game, so council has been very forward thinking in that,” Mr Walsh said.
“Obviously the highway widening has been a major catalyst to this.
“We couldn’t have the entry we have without the highway being widened and a major roundabout put in to give us an A1 access point.”
The Gateway site is zoned B5 which does not allow shopping centres, supermarkets and department stores, but medical centres, auto showrooms, motels and bulky goods retail businesses are likely to be interested in the project.
The total development period could be up to five or six years.
The statements of environmental effects for both DAs currently before council say a search of the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System for both sites and their immediate surrounds found no known items of Aboriginal and European cultural heritage.
The complete masterplan for the Gateway development is available to view at thegatewaybathurst.com.au.