Craig Dunlop, 08 March 2016

DARWIN council will hear a long list of concerns over a proposed Woolworths petrol station on the Stuart Highway in Parap.

In a report due to be presented to tonight’s council meeting, strategic town planner Cindy Robson lays out reasons why aldermen should “strongly object to the proposed development”.

The plan would likely cause traffic chaos, and would not be in keeping with council or government plans for the area, Ms Robson’s report says.

Despite being zoned for service commercial use, Ms Robson will tell the council the NT Planning Commission’s forthcoming Darwin Mid-Suburbs Area Plan has slated the area for medium-density residential development.

A service station on the site could make it difficult, if not impossible, to develop apartments on neighbouring blocks of land in coming years.

In a proposed letter to the Department of Lands and Planning, Ms Robson says the service station would likely cause headaches for residents on Railway St.

She flagged the likelihood of drivers “rat running” through the service station to Railway St, dodging traffic lights on the Stuart Highway on their way into Parap.

“Residences opposite the site in Railway St are likely to suffer from noise and car headlight disturbances exiting the site if this access is allowed to operate 24 hours a day,” Mr Robson said.

She also questioned Woolworths’ estimate that only 5 per cent of customers would use the proposed exit on to Railway St.

Extracted in full from the NT News.