Wanneroo Council rejects bid to allow fuel station on land near Yellagonga Regional Park

The potential fuel station site. Photo: Matt Jelonek
The potential fuel station site. Photo: Matt Jelonek

WANNEROO Council knocked back a bid to allow a fuel station near Lake Joondalup in Wanneroo.

MGA Town Planners applied to change the land use at 1297 Wanneroo Road from special residential to special use on behalf of the owner, ALM Super.

Elected members supported a staff recommendation to refuse to adopt the planning scheme amendment, despite the applicant’s request that it be initiated for public consultation and Environmental Protection Authority assessment.

Councillor Frank Cvitan said it was not a permitted use and he was worried it could have an impact on the lake system in the adjacent Yellagonga Regional Park.

The council report said the change would allow a development that could have a “significant impact” on existing and future development in the special residential zone.

“The special residential zone is intended to accommodate the development of single houses in a low density setting, whilst maintaining important environmental and landscape values through site-sensitive design and development,” it said.

“A premise selling petrol (such as a convenience store) could generate traffic, noise and light emission to the extent that could significantly affect the amenity of existing and future development.”

Documents included in the council agenda said previous approval for a fuel station nearby on Clarkson Avenue in Tapping had lapsed, while an application for another beside Drover’s shops was under consideration.

In relation to traffic concerns, MGA Town Planners’ Jeff Malcolm said access would only be via Ashley Road whereas the other proposal, for 1369 Wanneroo Road, would rely on access to the busy dual carriageway.