AGEING petrol tanks are being replaced as part of the redevelopment of an Innaloo service station.
BP Australia applied to the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel to upgrade its existing service station on Scarborough Beach Road, near the corner of Liege Street.
It initially sought installation of a drive-through coffee outlet but removed it because the City of Stirling did not support it.
Planning Solutions senior planner Josh Watson presented on behalf of BP at the May 30 meeting, requesting the removal of a condition requiring the applicant to upgrade the existing footpath because it was “unnecessary” and not the landowner’s responsibility.
But City approvals manager Greg Bowering said the widening of the footpath along Scarborough Beach Road from 1.5m to 2.5m was required in the Stirling City Centre structure plan, which aimed to create a “pedestrianised environment” as part of the Stephenson Avenue extension.
Mr Watson sought modification of a condition requiring BP to pay for planting of three street trees along the road because this would block the view of its signage and requested a cash in lieu contribution instead for trees to be planted elsewhere.
“It may impact safety as drivers will not see the signage until too late and so make a late decision to turn,” he said.
Mr Bowering said the argument about safety did not “seem to come from any statistical information” and though the City aimed to plant as many trees as it could in verges, had only requested three instead of up to nine as the local development plan allowed.
“We can discuss the type and nature of the trees with the City’s parks team,” he said.
Councillor Giovanni Italiano disagreed with the assertion that the trees would obscure signage and believed the footpath should be replaced.
Cr David Boothman concurred, saying that two wide crossovers would also be upgraded so the amount left to BP would be “significantly less”.
“If you’re going to try to make a new development look its best then the upgrade to the footpath will enhance it,” he said.
The application was approved, with an advice note added requesting the City and developer liaise regarding the tree species, their size and location.