Call for Belmont way on the highway
THE City of Belmont has called for State Government support to prevent fast food restaurants and service stations opening on Great Eastern Highway.
As part of an election wishlist given to Southern Gazette, the City said it wanted more support to stop planning authorities over-riding council decisions to reject convenience store style petrol stations in a mixed use, commercial and residential, area.
City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said: “There have been several instances where a combination of convenience store, fast food and service station in the mixed use area on Great Eastern Highway have been opposed by the City of Belmont, but approved by either a Joint Development Assessment Panel or the State Administrative Tribunal.”
He said the stores were incompatible with mixed-use developments.
The latest application for a fast food outlet and service station were four lots along Great Eastern Highway and Bulong Avenue in Redcliffe.
The City raised objections at a Metro Central JDAP on February 8, including that the proposed development would disrupt traffic and failed to demonstrate safe access to the site.
It argued the fast food outlet would not reflect the high architectural standard required for mixed use developments.
The development would reside in DA6, an area earmarked for the City’s vision of an urban village, residents and businesses connected by public space.
JDAP has delayed its decision, to allow the applicant more time to address the City’s concerns.
Ongoing funding for the DA6 project will be needed from the State Government. d465541
Belmont Mayor Phil Marks: The City has a good idea of the support it requires from State Government .