JDAP approves asphalt batching plant in Neerabup

The location of the $2.2 million asphalt batching plant to be built in Neerabup.
The location of the $2.2 million asphalt batching plant to be built in Neerabup.

A MULTI-MILLION dollar asphalt batching plant will be developed in Neerabup after a Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) this month granted approval.

Owned by Armacrete, the $2.2 million plant will be built on the Turnbull Road site where an existing concrete batching plant has operated since 1993.

The plant is on the eastern portion of the site and operates on an as-needed basis with the existing office and amenities to be used by employees from both plants.

The Lot 23 site is more than 1ha and is also close in proximity to existing WA Limestone and Boral concrete plants.

Rowe Group, on behalf of Armacrete, applied to the City of Wanneroo for the development, which did not require advertising for public consultation.

Although the batching plant does not come within the Environmental Protection Authority’s 1000m buffer for asphalt works to sensitive land uses, the JDAP report read that it was “capable of being developed” without impact to surrounding land uses.

According to the report, the development is 650m from sensitive land use, which contains residential dwellings to the south of Flynn Drive.

“As separation distance is less than the required generic distance, the guidelines require that the applicant prepare a scientific study based on site and industry specific information to demonstrate the lesser distance will not result in unacceptable impacts,” it read.

The application was referred to the Department of Water and Regulations (DWER) for comment.

“DWER advised that the development requires a works approval from the DWER which has been submitted and is currently being assessed,” the report read.

“This approval will ensure the premises operates in an environmentally acceptable manner.”

The report stated that conditions outlined by DWER would ensure any off-site impacts such as noise, dust and odour were mitigated.

Development work cannot start until all relevant approvals from DWER are obtained.

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