YANCHEP residents were disappointed with a decision to approve a BP fuel station on Newman Road on Monday.
About 25 people opposing the $2 million development on the corner of Yanchep Beach Road attended the Metro NorthWest Development Assessment Panel meeting, with several giving presentations on their objections.
The number of people attending the November 19 meeting resulted in the venue changing to the Wanneroo Council Chambers.
Resident Warrick Palmateer said he was disappointed with the panel decision after the recommendation to approve it passed with support from three specialist members and two councillors voting against it.
“The whole process is designed to circumnavigate the community; they only have two people on the panel who are elected by the community,” he said.
Mr Palmateer talked about preserving the natural and cultural environment of the Yanchep Lagoon precinct during his presentation. Yanchep resident Robert Figg talked about the definition of ‘convenience store’ during his presentation and said the proposal should have been classified as a service station with an incidental convenience store.
Asked about the difference between convenience store and service station uses, City of Wanneroo approval services manager Pas Bracone said the latter was still capable of being approved at the businesszoned site.
Resident Ryan Christonsen raised safety concerns for pedestrians using a nearby service road, but Mr Bracone said traffic engineers found traffic movements resulting from the development would be acceptable.
Joseph Calabro, from Pearce MHR Christian Porter’s office, said there was “overwhelming community opposition” to the development, as shown by the 152 objections of the 169 submissions received and a 297-signature petition against it.
Panel members acknowledged the objections to the proposal, but member Sheryl Chaffer said the fuel station had benefits too. Presiding member Karen Hyde said while it was a difficult decision, the panel had to consider the application within the planning framework.
Residents at the panel meeting.