BP has received approval to build a fuel station and car wash in Jindalee, despite residents’ concerns it is close to future home sites.
The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel approved the application lodged by Planning Solutions on behalf of BP for the Marmion Avenue site in Westminster Estates’ Jindee landholding on August 23.
Panel members amended some of the 18 conditions recommended by City of Wanneroo staff, including to restrict the car wash operating hours to 7am to 10pm seven days a week.
“There’s ample time for people to use the car wash within those hours,” Wanneroo councillor Frank Cvitan said.
During consultation, the City received 54 submissions, with 48 objecting to it for reasons ranging from an increase in traffic to impact on amenity and safety, including noise, light pollution, odours and potential explosions.
Jindalee resident Katie McAdam attended the panel meeting to present concerns about the impact it would have on nearby homes.
“All the smells and noises will be going into residences,” she said.
“We are not opposed to it being commercial.
“What we are opposed to is a petrol station and car wash.”
She said there should be a buffer and it would have been better to locate the fuel station on the other side of the future Sunscreen Boulevard, which will provide access to the fuel station.
To address noise issues, one of the conditions required a 1.85m high solid wall on the northern boundary.
Another required the applicant to submit an amended Environmental Noise Assessment on anticipated sound levels from the refuelling tankers.
During presentations, BP Australia’s Justin McCabe said the process of building a petrol station involved getting a dangerous goods licence from the Department of Mines and Petroleum.
Estates Development Company general manager Adam Collins said the Jindee developer was satisfied with the regulatory planning process that the development application went through, including community consultation.
The site is part of an ‘urban core’ in the estate, which is likely to include other commercial developments.