Path decision puts Kwinana freeway service station opening on hold

The BP station is nearly ready but can’t open until principal shared path issues are resolved.
The BP station is nearly ready but can’t open until principal shared path issues are resolved.

MOTORISTS travelling on Kwinana Freeway should be spared the sight of large advertising pylons at the new BP service stations, despite the proponent’s attempts to delete a condition binding it to a signing strategy.

The City of Rockingham held a special council meeting on Tuesday to vote on recommendations to the Metro South-West Joint Development Assessment Panel to amend the development approvals granted by the panel in February 2013 and amended in November 2014 for the service centres, including a request to delete a condition of approval and modify the development.

Part of the modifications included changing the position of the principal shared path (PSP), which is presently located parallel to the western side of the north boundary carriageway of the Kwinana Freeway.

The proponent has proposed to realign the PSP to extend around the western side of the northbound service station to avoid excessive costs associated with providing the grade separation between the path and the vehicle ingress and egress ramps for the Kwinana Freeway.

The City’s planning and development services director Bob Jeans said the two BP service stations could not open for business until the PSP issue was resolved.

The proponent also sought to add four large pylon signs up to 20m in height for the McDonald’s and Red Rooster restaurants at the centres, which the City rejected as they did not comply with the City’s Town Planning Scheme 2 (TPS2) and Planning Policy 3.3.1 (PP3.3.1).

The officer’s recommendation read: “The City does not support their inclusion in the development as they do not comply with TPS2 and PP3.3.1 in that they are excessive in number and size and are contrary to the intent of the Freeway Service Centres as a singular facility.”

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the officer’s recommendations.