A new medical centre is being proposed for Canadian, according to a planning permit application currently under advertisement.
The application proposes a dentistry and allied health clinic along one of Ballarat's key southern arterial roads at 733 Geelong Road, Canadian.
The site is located just more than three kilometres from the Ballarat city centre in a primarily residential area, but not far from Ballarat's tourism hub with Sovereign Hill, the Mercure hotel and other accommodation businesses only a few hundred metres north.
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As it sits today, the 1000 square metre site is currently occupied by a single-storey dwelling and a shed.
The planning permit application proposes the removal of existing dwelling and outbuildings and the development of a single-storey medical centre with business signage.
It would also include 12 ground-level car parking spaces at the rear of the property, with access coming from Sawyer Avenue.
An additional six street parking spaces would also be built along Geelong Road and Sawyer Avenue at the applicant's cost.
The on-site parking comes in at less than council's stipulated amount of 20 spaces, according to the number of health practitioners working, with the applicant requesting a reduction in parking requirements.
The medical centre is proposed to be open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays.
The dentistry would consist of a reception area, waiting room and four consultation rooms as well as sterilisation and lab rooms and staff areas.
A second section, separate to the dentist's office, would include a reception area, waiting room, two consulting rooms and two allied health tenancies.
Under the proposed plans, the building would be no more than 4.6 metres tall and include stone walls.
In the application documents, the applicants said the proposal of a 'high-quality medical centre development at a prominent corner site' represents a 'positive shift' in the area.
"The proposed design response incorporates a sensitive response to the site surrounds, incorporating a muted material palette and improved landscape character," the documents said.
"The proposal is appropriately scaled (single-storey) and presents as an attractive corner-site development along a main road in Canadian.
"The provision of a new medical facility for dentistry and allied health uses is highly appropriate given the zoning and local policy controls and will act to serve the local community and surrounds."
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