City of Belmont council unanimously supports planning policy to stop unwanted service stations

The City of Belmont has adopted a planning policy to support service stations to be located in suitable places.
The City of Belmont has adopted a planning policy to support service stations to be located in suitable places.

CITY of Belmont has adopted a planning policy to help deal with unwanted future service stations in the area.

The planning policy for service stations was developed so the developments were located in suitable places and considered the amenity of the area.

A part of the policy is a 2km distance for service stations on major routes, limiting retail floor space to 100sq m as well as calling for better facade treatments and architectural design.

The council adopted the policy at Tuesday’s meeting following submissions from planning experts, property owners and Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe.

Of the 15 submissions, two people gave their support, three people objected and 10 people neither supported nor objected.

Some of the objections was the 2km separation distance was anti-competitive and the higher architectural design was not consistent with service station design and would impact on feasibility.

There have been occasions when the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel went against the City’s wishes, including approval of a $9.5 million service station, medical centre, pharmacy and multiple takeaway development on Great Eastern Highway between Epsom Avenue and Moreing Street in October 2017.

When moving the motion, Deputy Mayor Robert Rossi asked for Clause 6.9.3 to be removed, which stated  “where a site specific noise assessment demonstrates that a reduced fence height can provide adequate noise mitigation to adjoining properties, support for a reduction of the 2.8 metre minimum height may be considered at the discretion of the City”.

The amendment was supported by the councillors and the motion was carried unanimously.

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