Eden Hill: Bassendean Council recommends refusal of proposed petrol station

Eden Hill Primary School is protesting over the possible construction of a nearby petrol station. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d487758
Eden Hill Primary School is protesting over the possible construction of a nearby petrol station. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d487758

BASSENDEAN Council has recommended the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) refuse a proposed petrol station near Eden Hill Primary School.

Vibe Petroleum has proposed three fuel bowsers, a convenience store, signage and 12 car bays – worth $2 million – at 72 Walter Road East in Bassendean.

One 9m concrete crossover to Marion Street and one 10m concrete crossover to Walter Road East were also proposed.

The subject site was historically used as a service station but between 2014 to 2018, it has been used for an advertising billboard.

Councillors supported Town officers’ recommended refusal at last night special council meeting.

Reasons for refusal include the proposal not taking into account possible risk to human health or safety, failing to demonstrate how potential noise impacts could be managed and not accommodating for standard heavy rigid vehicles and articulated vehicles.

The proposed petrol station has resulted in more than 100 Eden Hill Primary School parents forming the No Fuel Near Eden Hill Primary group to express concerns to Education Minister Sue Ellery and the council.

According to an officer’s report, of the 131 submissions received, there were 121 submissions objecting the proposal, six supporting and three providing general comment.

The Town consulted government agencies, with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage having no objections and the Environmental Protection Authority advising the applicant needed to provide a scientific study to ensure sensitive land uses were not affected.

The Department of Education did not support the proposed development because it was not a compatible land use.

The Department stated in the absence of a scientific study or a health assessment to demonstrate a lesser separation distance and potential health impacts of vapour emissions, the 50m separation distance requirement should apply.

The panel will make the final decision on October 31.