Panel ap­proves Bal­divis ser­vice sta­tion

Southern Telegraph - - News - Stu­art Hor­ton

A sec­ond 24-hour ser­vice sta­tion will be built in Bal­divis af­ter the Metro South-West Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel ap­proved a Nairn Drive de­vel­op­ment.

Af­ter nearly two hours of de­bate last Fri­day, the five-per­son JDAP ap­proved the Puma En­ergy ser­vice sta­tion and con­ve­nience store for Lot 297 (No.67) Nairn Drive de­spite ob­jec­tions from nearby res­i­dents and the City of Rock­ing­ham’s two panel mem­bers. The site was orig­i­nally planned in 2006 to host a neigh­bour­hood cen­tre but was re­vised in July to a smaller lo­cal cen­tre af­ter a pro­posed IGA su­per­mar­ket, which gained ap­proval in

2010, was never built.

Scott Vin­cent from Plan­ning So­lu­tions said it was un­rea­son­able for the City to im­pose “12year-old stan­dards” on the pro­posal. “The City’s own plan favours small-scale stores over su­per­mar­kets . . . chang­ing to a lo­cal cen­tre from a neigh­bour­hood cen­tre al­lows this small­er­scale de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

Cr Chris El­liott said the de­vel­op­ment failed to com­ply with City re­quire­ments to pro­vide a ser­vice and en­hance the lo­cal­ity and he be­lieved it did not meet the re­quire­ments for a smallscale con­ve­nience/re­tail store.

He pointed out the de­vel­op­ment did not meet the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity’s re­quire­ment for a 200m buf­fer be­tween ser­vice sta­tions and res­i­dences.

How­ever, the panel voted 3-2 against the rec­om­men­da­tion to refuse the de­vel­op­ment and an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion put for­ward by JDAP mem­ber Brian Cur­tis to sup­port the pro­posal with con­di­tions im­posed re­gard­ing the ap­pear­ance, noise and ac­cess is­sues to Nairn Dve was ap­proved 4-1.

Cr Deb Ham­blin voted against the mo­tion.

Pic­ture: Stu­art Hor­ton

The Nairn Drive site where the Puma ser­vice sta­tion and con­ve­nience store will be built.

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