City of Belmont loses appetite for fast food stores

Belmont Mayor Phil Marks.   d465541
Belmont Mayor Phil Marks. d465541

THE City of Belmont has called for State Government support to prevent fast food restaurants and service stations opening on Great Eastern Highway.

The City said it wanted more support to stop planning authorities over-riding council decisions to reject convenience store-style petrol stations in a mixed use, commercial and residential, area.

“There have been several instances where a combination of convenience store, fast food and service station in the mixed use area on Great Eastern Highway have been opposed by the City of Belmont but approved by either a Joint Development Assessment Panel or the State Administrative Tribunal,” City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said.

He said the stores were incompatible with mixed-use developments.

The latest application for a fast food outlet and service station were four lots along Great Eastern Highway and Bulong Avenue in Redcliffe.

The City raised objections at a Metro Central JDAP meeting on February 8, including that the proposed development would disrupt traffic and failed to demonstrate safe access to the site.

It argued the fast food outlet would not reflect the high architectural standard required for mixed use developments.

The development would be in DA6, an area earmarked for the City’s vision of an urban village, residents and businesses connected by public space.

JDAP has delayed its decision to give the applicant more time to address the City’s concerns.

Ongoing funding for the DA6 project will be needed from the State Government.