Roadhouse drives ahead
PLANS for a 24-hour roadhouse in Bullsbrook have been approved by the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP), despite resident’s concerns.
The JDAP approved the $2.1 million proposal, which includes a petrol station and commercial building to be built at lot 42 Old West Road, at the August 17 meeting.
The panel unanimously approved the proposal, despite hearing from residents who said it would create a loss of rural amenity.
The proposal was refused by the panel on May 8 and sent to the State Administrative Tribunal, which sent it back to JDAP for reconsideration.
Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association member and resident Margaret Carlton addressed the panel about her concerns for the Swan Coastal Plain Banksia Woodland and the risk of increased traffic, contamination to underground water, increased fire risk and loss of rural lifestyle amenity.
“I live in a rural area… service stations are not meant to be in a rural area,” she said
The proposal will include two fuel canopies, one with 16 petrol pumps for cars and another with two petrol pumps for trucks, 54 parking bays, a 590sq m commercial building comprising a convenience store and restaurant.
The site is near the Underground Water Pollution Control Area associated with the Gnangara Mound and is near wetlands.
Rowe Group senior town planner Sean Fairfoul said updated design plans for the crossover were supported by two independent auditors and the City of Swan, who all deemed it to be safe.
Mr Fairfoul said the application did not include the removal of woodlands and the use was permitted as the site was in a general rural zone.
Panel member and Swan Councillor Rod Henderson said he was concerned about the light management in a rural zone and the impact it would have on residents, as the area was in a “dark environment”.
Fellow member Cr Kevin Bailey said despite his concerns over the speed limit around the crossover being 110km/h and road traffic issues, he was happy with the application.