Ob­jec­tions over­ruled

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Lucy Jarvis

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.

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