Eden Hill: Metro Central JDAP refuses proposed petrol station opposite primary school

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

THE Eden Hill Primary School community has won its fight against a proposed Vibe petrol station on Walter Road East.

The win came when the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel refused the application this morning.

The panel unanimously refused Vibe Petroleum’s proposal for three fuel bowsers, a convenience store, signage and 12 car bays – worth $2 million – at 72 Walter Road East in Bassendean.

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

The proposal had no separation distance from the school, which was below the minimum requirement of 50m.

The reasons for refusal included the development site being opposite to a sensitive land use (school), the applicant failing to address noise impacts and the inability of petrol tankers to remain in one lane within public streets.

Parents, students and staff packed the Town of Bassendean council chambers, with students holding protest signs.

Five deputations from parents and residents relayed their concerns of health and safety, noise and light pollution and access and egress from Marion Way onto Walter Road East.

Year 1 students had their request for a deputation refused, but a written submission was provided to the panel.

Planning Solutions senior planner Josh Watson and Transcore managing director Behnam Bordbar were confident the concerns could be addressed in conditions if the proposal was approved.

Deputy presiding member Rachel Chapman said due to the constraints in the size of the site, the design had to be compromised.

P and C president Jeremy Warnock said it was a great win for the community and the school.

“I still think they are underestimating the health impacts of this particular application and I think that there are other applications similar to it,” he said.

“I have a strong feeling, and it is only my own opinion, that this is going to be an issue that comes up in the future, much like mesothelioma, asbestos and second-hand smoking which was never a thing.

“We are just hoping we are going to be able to capitalise all of this and get behind our council in rezoning that area.”

Presiding member Megan Adair said the community had an opportunity to work with the council on its town planning scheme, which allowed the use of petrol stations.

“We are constrained about the number of issues,” she said.

“There are too many questions related to health.

“I am aware we have approved a number of petrol stations but each one is judged on its own merits.”

Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said it was fantastic to see a grassroots community campaign from parents and residents to have their voices heard.

“I hope that the safety of Eden Hill Primary School and the students are more closely considered in future proposals for this site,” he said.