IN a big win for Yeppoon motorists, a District Court judge has ruled to approve a Woolworths service station on Hoskyn Drive.

Judge Rackemann ordered that a planning and environment appeal by the supermarket giant be allowed after the original development application was refused by Livingstone Shire Council and the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

The approved development will incorporate a shop, with a maximum floor area of 207sq m, four fuel bowsers with eight dispensing stations and three underground fuel storage tanks.

A previous council report on the application said though the service station would create healthy competition in a price-driven market, there were another three facilities providing fuel options within a five minutes drive.

It had also been reported the application had also previously been refused by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning due to “the impact on the safety, function and operation efficiency of the state-controlled road network”.

Evidence submitted to the court, showed Woolworths changed elements of its plans.

This included changing the orientation of the service station 90 degrees so instead of facing east it would face south.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Woolworths argued the development would not have an adverse impact on traffic operations either within the land area or on the external road network.

“The proposed development will not adversely impact on the safety, function and operational efficiency of the state-controlled road network,” one of the many legal documents supporting the appeal said.

“The land represents a suitable site for a development of the type proposed and will satisfy a community and economic need in a location which is conveniently located within the relevant catchment.”

The application was initially lodged in September, 2015. Judge Rackemann handed down his final order in Brisbane in December.

Extracted from The Morning Bulletin.