Port Macquarie retirement village residents are up in arms after plans were announced for a daycare centre to be built over the back fence.
Residents of the Parklands Retirement Village are concerned about potential noise from the yet-to-be-built daycare centre in Hindman Street, which could potentially run from 7am to 6pm weekdays when open.
In a series of development applications lodged with council by builder Dean Edgar, the property at 120 Hindman Street, was changed from dwelling to centre-based childcare centre on June 19, 2018 with an estimated cost of $245,000.
There was also an application lodged to change the driveway at the property last year.
Both DA plans were approved on April 24 this year, allowing construction to begin from May 1.
Local village resident, Diana Da Costa, 74, who lives directly behind the property said she would be forced to move if the centre was built.
"We're at opposite ends of the spectrum, you don't place young children and the elderly together," she said.
"I love children, I have got seven grandchildren and I have a three year old that I do care for sometimes that does attend a daycare centre, but not beside a retirement village.
"If there is the proposed 24 children then that is a lot of noise. It was a huge shock when I found out and I feel I've been let down badly.
"Only the residents who are directly affected have been given letters of notice by management. When I do mention it to other residents they're horrified.
"It's extremely quiet at the moment and that's what we all love. We came here for that."
Under lodged DA documents the proposed centre would accommodate 24 children ranging from six months to five years of age and open between 7am and 6pm on weekdays.
It would also house an outdoor play area backing directly onto the retirement village and seven parking spaces.
Eighty-nine year old retirement village resident, Cynthia Burton, who also lives directly behind the proposed site said this was not her idea of peaceful retirement.
"I think it's wrong to have an old people's place with kids daycare right on the door step," she said.
"I could have bought my own place but I wanted to live here, somewhere peaceful.
"I think it's just wrong. Why did council allow this? Why do the retirement village management allow this?
"There should have been a meeting for all of us to vote, that hasn't happened."
Dean Edgar, of Dean Edgar Builders, said he was building to the land's zoning but did not have a set date for the start of construction.
"We've got the development application and are now waiting on a construction certificate," he said.
"There was a complaint submitted but the person didn't show up to the DA meeting.
"The land is R1 zoned for residential industrial so that is what it's zoned for and that's it.
"Hindman Street is already a busy road, under the flight path with nearby SES, ambulance and fire brigade centres."
Village manager Jeff McHugh said only the village's villas 73 to 86 would be affected.
"It is my opinion that we could be faced with far worse applications than a childcare centre, And as a childcare centre, would almost never be in operation of a night. The impact on our evening peace and quiet should be zero," he said in a written statement to residents.
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