Dandaragan councillors take stand against servo
Dandaragan Shire council has refused planning permission for a service station and shop at the corner of Murray and Andrews streets in Jurien Bay, knowing the developer could appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal
A service station and shop are both allowable uses under the land’s commercial zoning.
Shire president Leslee Holmes said councillors wanted to make a stand.
“This is a very tricky one because it ticks all the boxes for planning but everything is wrong with this,” she said.
“It is right next to a beautiful new motel, opposite another service station and not on the main road. We are very deeply concerned about the impost it will have on tourism — we are worried about noise, the traffic, everything.”
Mrs Holmes said the council took a “bold step” by voting against the proposal.
“We are very aggrieved that the planning process has given us no options,” she said.
“We are very ‘yes’ council and we would welcome another service station for the people of Jurien Bay but not in that particular spot.”
Mrs Holmes said the developer had met Shire chief executive Tony Nottle, who offered several other options.
“He would not consider any of them and wanted to go ahead anyway,” she said.