Motorists will be able to turn right to access a Wangara fuel station following development approval.

The Metro Outer Development Assessment Panel approved a change to plans for the 7-Eleven convenience store on Gnangara Road on June 16.

Joshua Carmody from Planning Solutions said the right-in turn would improve customer access to the development, approved by the panel in 2015.

A City of Wanneroo report said the local government and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage had no objections to the proposed right-in access, which could improve the site’s commercial viability.

Behnam Bordbar from Tanscore said improving access would help the landowner Crestwood Holdings develop the second stage, which originally included a showroom, warehouse, recreation centre and convenience store.

Mr Bordbar said the lack of right-in access to the site had limited market interest since the panel approved plans and the fuel station was built.

Wanneroo Councillor Frank Cvitan said the turning lane would improve access for vehicles travelling west.

“It’s important to get a right-turn lane in there; it will help people getting into the service station,” Cr Cvitan said.

Cr Vinh Nguyen said having the right-turn could “be the catalyst for the future development of the site given that it’s been vacant for many years”.

Owner Steve Gismodi said he would be more willing to take the risk of developing the rest of the site himself after the right-in turn was approved.

Mr Bordbar said to create the right-turn lane, the developer planned to widen and extend the existing median island.

He said they would have liked to add a right-out turn as well, but the City did not support that as there was a roundabout nearby where motorists could turn if necessary.

The report said although the right-in access would remove seven parking bays, the original plans included an 11-bay surplus with 193 bays provided overall.

“Despite the loss of seven bays, the overall development will still have a surplus of four bays,” it said.

“The reduction in parking is therefore supported.”

The panel is due to meet on June 29 to re-consider plans for a service station, car wash and drive-through food outlet in Neerabup after deferring the report earlier this month.

Extracted in full from: Access granted at 7-Eleven fuel station in Wangara | Community News (