A big win for small business

Brand MP Gary Gray.
Brand MP Gary Gray.

The application was rejected last September and the landowners appealed against the decision in October at the State Administrative Tribunal.

The issue was first brought to the councillors’ attention when City officers saw the vehicles (three trucks and two trailers) parked on the Lenore Road property last May and advised the owners it was a breach of the District Planning Scheme No 2 and they needed to apply for approval.

During the application process, three neighbouring properties were sent letters regarding the proposal and all objected, with concerns regarding dust, noise, the dumping of rubble and the potential for the site to become a commercial vehicle parking lot.

In a deputation given before the April 30 meeting, the landowner’s son Darren Agrela said there had been changes to the application and its conditions because of mediation with SAT.

‘We’re just a little family business that goes about our stuff,’ Mr Agrela said.

‘We’ve done everything, we will do anything to get the permit.’

In a confidential session, Wanneroo councillors approved the parking of the five commercial vehicles with 16 conditions including the parking area and driveway being hard sealed, the vehicles not running between 6pm and 6am or for longer than five minutes, no reversing between 6am and 8am, a vegetation screen planted 1.5m from the southern and eastern boundaries and no unloading or loading of the vehicles on site.