Approval fuels anger
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.