JDAP IGNORED PRESENTATIONS
ON June 21 I attended a Joint Department of Planning Assessment (JDAP) meeting to lend my support to fellow residents while they made their impassioned presentations opposing the proposed development of a service station (with semi-trailer refuelling facilities), and fast food outlet on the corner of Fauntleroy Avenue and Great Eastern Highway, Ascot.
I was horrified by the lack of interest shown by the JDAP panel at the conclusion of each of these presentations.
The JDAP deputy presiding member and specialist member did not ask a single question of the presenters.
Although initially opposing this proposal, the City’s planning department has recommended conditional approval.
During their presentation the city planners quibbled about the meaning of 'truck stop'.
However, the development proposal itself contains the following: "A pull-over area is also provided at the northern end of the proposed development which will accommodate short term parking for heavy vehicles for drivers utilising the other facilities on site after refuelling."
This pullover area backs onto residential land.
May I ask the council if they will be policing this area to ensure that drivers do not park for long periods of time?
Will they also be policing heavy vehicles applying their air brakes whilst within the grounds of the service station?
The City's planning department has also totally disregarded EPA Guidelines which require 200 metres of separation between service stations and residential land.
The proposed development will occur within metres of some local residents’ properties.
If all current development applications are approved there will be a total of seven service stations between Fauntleroy Avenue and Stoneham Street.
Why on earth would any suburb want or need this many service stations? DEBORAH RANSOME Ascot