A developer has taken a council in southwest Queensland to court after it rejected a proposal for a service station.

The Western Downs Regional Council in January knocked back Watkins Group’s development application for the petrol station, slated for land on Johnson Street in Chinchilla.

The land is located near the Warrego Highway and is included in the council’s major centre zone.

The council’s planning department said it was refused for being “inconsistent” with the strategic aims of the planning scheme or the major centre zone.

Now the applicant has appealed the decision in the planning and environment court, arguing the servo could be approved with appropriate conditions.

“The development application ought to be approved subject to lawful conditions,” the statement of claim said.

“Even if the proposed development does not comply with some of the assessment benchmarks, which is not admitted, compliance with the benchmarks can be achieved by imposing development conditions.”

The council’s lawyers have not responded to the claim.

Extracted in full from: https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/development/western-downs-regional-council-taken-to-court-over-rejected-service-station-plan-at-chinchilla/news-story/c4e8a11e43fe45012e4d7a984ebf48a3