Road­house drives ahead

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS - Kristie Lim

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.

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