A vacant lot near Drover’s Market Place in Wanneroo is set to accommodate another gas station.
Metro Outer’s Joint Development Appraisal Board has unanimously approved the $2.3 million Liberty gas station, which will be located south of the United gas station and will operate 24/7 .
Josh Watson of Planning Solutions said the service station would be part of wider plans for the site, which include a mix of commercial and retail development.
“The service station will adequately reflect the prevailing and emerging roadside commercial nature of the region,” he said.
While Wanneroo town officials recommended that the proposal be approved, 40 opposing submissions were received during the public consultation.
Concerns raised included the potential impact of stormwater and litter on the nearby Yellagonga Regional Park.
However, a condition of approval is that stormwater and any runoff be collected and retained on site.
“The proposed collection and treatment system is considered appropriate for the proposal and is not considered to have an environmental impact on the surrounding areas,” the city report states.
Concerns have also been raised about potential traffic impacts, particularly with the flyover of Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive, and local cycle paths.
But the city’s report says a traffic impact assessment “confirmed that the impact to the existing road network will be acceptable”, and that there would be no impact to cyclists.
The number of existing service stations near the proposal was also not considered a valid planning consideration.
Other conditions for approval include the development following bushfire risk management plans, and the applicant submitting landscaping and construction management plans.