Metro North-West DAP approves Banksia Grove service station following SAT appeal

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A SERVICE station can be built at a Banksia Grove commercial development following a State Administrative Tribunal appeal.

The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel has approved a change of use for part of Fabcot Pty Ltd’s landholding at 81 Ghost Gum Boulevard.

The panel, which originally approved plans in May, unanimously agreed to change the use of one showroom to a service station at its November 15 meeting.

Asked about the vehicle repairs proposed for the site, the City’s Pas Bracone said it would be minor repairs and the proposed operator was Autobahn.

Plans for the development on the corner of Joondalup Drive and Joseph Banks Boulevard also included a 7-Eleven fuel station, showrooms, veterinary consulting rooms, a child care centre and take-away food outlets.

The proposed service station will replace the showroom beside the 7-Eleven in this artist’s impression.

In June, the panel refused the change of use because it did not satisfy District Planning Scheme 2, and the applicant appealed to SAT.

The City of Wanneroo subsequently revised its scheme to allow greater flexibility for the definition of a service station, and SAT asked the panel to reconsider its decision.

During the meeting, specialist member Fred Zuideveld raised a concern about the roller doors being “an invitation for graffiti”.

PTS Town Planning’s Peter Simpson said the business needed security and there was a condition relating to graffiti on the original approval.

Mr Simpson said the convenience store at the service station would provide passive surveillance.

Arise Development’s Alex Drake-Brockman said they would use CCTV and anti-graffiti paints.