Service station plans change after developers claim council demand ‘unlawful’
By Sourced Externally
September 12, 2020
The development of a new 7 Eleven service station in Bracken Ridge has hit a standstill as traffic concerns arise from both the Brisbane City Council and surrounding residents.
The proposed site on 439 and 451 Bracken Ridge Rd, near the Glenealy St intersection, would offer six new fuel fill points and a convenience store to the site, but no further action has been taken since the development was conditionally approved in April.
Bald Hills resident Steven Turner told the council he was eager to see the facility so close to his home, but cautioned against the necessary changes to the road, which has already undergone several months of roadworks and congestion.
Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the development would worsen the traffic on Bracken Ridge Rd and questioned whether four petrol stations in a 1km radius was necessary for the neighbourhood.
The project’s greatest speed bump, however, lies in the conditions imposed by BCC which asked developers Property Projects Australia to provide an entry and exit point for emergency vehicles to access the emergency services depot on the neighbouring lot.
Lawyer Connor O’Meara called the demands “unlawful”.
“There is a real difference between a condition which sounds like a good idea, and a condition that is imposed for a proper planning purpose,” Mr O’Meara said.
“It is not disputed that the works at (the proposed 7 Eleven site) to allow vehicles to gain access by the new road makes sense, but the real question is, what is the proper planning purpose in compelling the applicant to do the works?”
The new development application, submitted this week, argues the emergency services depot will continue to have an alternative access point for cars that enters directly onto Bracken Ridge Rd, “which will remain lawful, functional and safe” and rewrites the plans to remove any responsibility from the developer.
The BCC has yet to make a final decision on the matter.