The Central Coast-based RCI Group has submitted a development application to Orange City Council to build a BP service station with space for trucks and cars that would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Hanrahan Place.

A second stage of the development would see a takeaway food store with a drive-through facility that would employ up to seven staff at a time, operating seven days a week from 11am-11pm added.

RCI managing director Stephen Moore said they had spoken to KFC about taking on the takeaway food space.

“We have had initial discussions with them,” he said.

However, he said no agreement had been reached.

Mr Moore said he would be talking to other major chains, including Red Rooster and Hungry Jacks, about the site and was keen to get work started soon.

“All going well, we’ll get [council] approval this side of Christmas,” he said.

“The first stage [the service station] will be built regardless but if we can lock in the food component we can build it concurrently.”

Mr Moore said the construction would take about 18-20 weeks and could be open by mid-2019.

The DA proposes 34 parking spaces on the site.

It is adjacent to the current Caltex Woolworths service station and Ron Finemore’s transport depot.

The DA states the site would generate extra traffic, including at the Leeds Parade-Northern Distributor Road roundabout, but it would not be disruptive.

“The proposed service station/takeaway food outlet is estimated to generate approximately 196 trips during the evening peak, of which 59 are estimated to be additional trips,” it said.

“[It] represents a negligible increase in traffic on the NDR in the weekday evening peak period,” it said.

“It is expected that a significant proportion of the traffic generated from the development in the afternoon peak period will be from passing traffic.”

Mr Moore said council had approved a DA by a different developer for a service station on the site last year but it had not been taken up.

“We only picked it up last year,” he said.

The addition of the takeaway outlet has necessitated a new DA be lodged,

It comes as work has started in Peisley Street to build a separate United Petroleum service station with a convenience store and Pie Face shop on land opposite the Aldi supermarket.

The 24-hour service station on Peisley Street will include a small convenience store, a Pie Face outlet, three bowsers, toilets and 10 parking spaces.

It will replace a Mobil service station on the site that was demolished in 2006.

A three-storey office and retail building was approved for the site in 2006 but that did not proceed.

Council approved the DA earlier this year after concerns about sightlines for traffic leaving the site and entering Peisley Street were resolved after changes to the plans were made.

Extracted from Central Western Daily