Ap­proval fu­els anger

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Smith

RES­I­DENTS of a Can­ning Vale re­tire­ment vil­lage are dis­ap­pointed over the ap­proval of a petrol sta­tion op­po­site their homes.

The ap­proved 24-hour con­ve­nience store with fuel pumps is part of a wider re­de­vel­op­ment of the site on the cor­ner of Ni­chol­son and Bir­nam roads, which is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by Ni­chol­son’s Bar and Grill.

The de­vel­op­ment also in­cludes a two-storey tav­ern, doc­tor’s con­sul­ta­tion rooms and an of­fice block.

A Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) voted unan­i­mously in favour of the ap­pli­ca­tion, de­spite some con­cerns over traf­fic and the Ni­chol­son Road in­ter­sec­tion.

How­ever, the re­tire­ment vil­lage res­i­dents, whose homes will face the site on Bir­nam Road, are up in arms over the ap­proval.

John Palmer said he and his neigh­bours could not be­lieve a petrol sta­tion could be al­lowed to be built so close to res­i­dences, which could po­ten­tially de­value the prop­er­ties.

“In the re­port, they said it was rec­om­mended there’s a 200m buf­fer be­tween petrol pumps and the clos­est house, yet we’ve got 44m,” he said.

The JDAP re­port said the ap­pli­cant had pro­posed mit­i­ga­tion meth­ods to limit the im­pact on res­i­dents, which in­cluded dou­ble­con­tained fuel stor­age tank sys­tems with a leak mon­i­tor­ing space and vapour re­cov­ery sys­tems.

While the site will have en­trances on Ni­chol­son and Bir­nam roads, the only exit is on to the lat­ter, which res­i­dent David Had­dow said would sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect those who lived on the road.

“The idea is ev­ery­thing fun­nels off Ni­chol­son Road and out of Bir­nam Road. There’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be is­sues,” he said.

Res­i­dents dis­puted the re­port pre­sented at the JDAP meet­ing, which said the new de­vel­op­ment would gen­er­ate only 42 ex­tra ve­hi­cle move­ments an hour,

Res­i­dent John Hale said he was wor­ried about the po­ten­tial health im­pli­ca­tions given the small buf­fer zone.

“They can say all they like about hav­ing no fumes, but I’ve been around gas and or­di­nary fuel and there’s al­ways fumes com­ing off it,” he said.

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