Community group labels developer’s plans as ‘nonsense’
By Sourced Externally
April 19, 2021
A Yandina community group has doubled down on its objection to a controversial service station development as updated plans are lodged with Sunshine Coast Council.
Innovative Planning Solutions on behalf of Pearl Energy submitted the new plans to Sunshine Coast Council in response to several issues raised.
The council had requested more information on February 9 and asked the developer to provide a “primary active street frontage” at the Farrell and Stevens streets site by “relocating the service station shop to the front of the site”.
Several other issues were raised by council.
In response to council’s concerns, the plans show the new proposal “reflects the traditional rural town architecture and character of Yandina”.
“The design approach subtly skews the angle of the gables the re-create traditional roof forms with a mid-20th century influence,” it reads.
” … this shape also facilitates better views and visual sightlines through the site to Yandina School of the Arts building opposite the site on Stevens Street.
“The layout of the proposed development and configuration within the site demonstrates compliance by delivering a built form that addresses and activates Stevens St (a key character street) and incorporates architectural features that reflects the traditional rural character of Yandina.”
The updated plans backed up a response from Pearl Energy who told the Sunshine Coast Daily earlier this month it would incorporate Yandina’s heritage and architecture in its building design.
However, Yandina and District Community Association has hit back at the developer’s claims.
The association’s president Nigel Anns said on Thursday that the idea that Pearl Energy could blend in the service station at the particular site was “nonsense”.
“YADCA has repudiated the suggestion that a new fuel station, planned for the heart of Yandina, can be designed to blend in with surrounding historical buildings,” Mr Anns said.
“Pearl Energy has produced some pretty drawings for this project, but they are quite unrealistic.
“If this is allowed to go ahead it will ruin the centre of our historical town.”
Mr Anns said the community group also objected to the proposal due to traffic flow, safety concerns, a nearby early learning centre on Stevens St and queuing issues from trailers, horse floats and farming supplies.