Gian De Poloni, 16 December 2015

A Western Australian Government planning authority has rejected a plan for a third service station on the main street of Dunsborough, in the state’s south-west.

Puma Energy Australia applied to the Southern Joint Development Assessment Panel to open an outlet on Dunn Bay Road in the centre of town.

The panel denied the application at a meeting on Monday, which several opponents attended.

It ruled the building would have a detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the area and would worsen traffic problems the town already experienced.

It also said the nature of the building would hinder the potential for any future developments on the site.

The station would have been the town’s only 24-hour petrol station.

The Dunsborough & Districts Progress Association’s chairwoman, Jacquie Happ, said the town already struggled to cope with major traffic jams during peak tourist times.

“The location of this place would mean all the traffic is going to go through the town,” she said.

“Look, there’s nothing wrong with having another service station, just not there.

“It needs to be somewhere outside the main CBD area where there is plenty of space for through-flow.”

Puma Energy considers appeal against servo snub

In a statement, Puma Energy said it was very disappointed with the panel’s decision.

“Our proposal was consistent with the requirements of the town planning scheme, so we are surprised by the decision handed down and the reasons behind it,” a company spokesman said.

“We are currently reviewing the options available to us, including our option to apply to the State Administrative Tribunal for a review of the decision.”

Ms Happ said she would oppose any appeal against the decision.

“That would be a slap in the face for common sense,” she said.

“The developer probably has the right to build a service station technically and legally speaking but that doesn’t mean it’s the right space for it at the end of the day.”

Extracted in full from ABC News.