Developers won approval for a $2.5 million service station including a drive-through facility and car wash in Neerabup.

The Metro Outer Development Assessment Panel approved the plans for a 6873sqm block on Flynn Drive during a July 6 Zoom meeting after initially deferring a decision on the application in June.

Four out of five panel members supported Dynamic Planning and Developments’ request to include a drive-through facility for the convenience store attached to the fuel station.

Dynamic director Neil Teo said it would not have a separate operator and would allow people to stay in their car when buying coffee and other products from the convenience store.

City of Wanneroo approval services manager Greg Bowering said although there were no functional issues with the drive-through, it would become a non-conforming land use.

Councillor Vinh Nguyen said while he appreciated the drive-through offered convenience for customers, he did not support a change to include the use in the approval.

The Flynn Drive-Pinnacle Drive junction in Neerabup.The Flynn Drive-Pinnacle Drive junction in Neerabup. Credit: Community News

Mr Teo also tried to persuade panel members to allow a 12m tall pylon sign, despite the City’s sign policy setting a 6m height limit, with 8m permitted for multiple-tenancy signs.

He said it aligned with the DevelopmentWA design guidelines for Meridian Park industrial estate, which said signs should not exceed 12m in height or a 20sqm face area.

Mr Bowering said the City had dealt with many applications in the industrial area and he was not aware of any 12m signs being approved.

Panel members agreed to keep the 8m limit in the conditions of approval, saying a taller sign was not necessary for a fuel station.

Another condition required the applicant to lodge civil engineering drawings to change the road layout before construction started.

It required the applicant to redesign the Flynn Drive-Pinnacle Drive junction with ‘give way’ control for eastbound vehicles turning left into Pinnacle Drive.

The applicant will also redesign the median strip to accommodate a right-out movement from the site to Pinnacle Drive.

The plans include a 24/7 automated car wash with two vacuum bays and a motor vehicle repairs facility that would operate from 7am-6pm on weekdays and 7am-2pm on Saturdays.

They also include an entry statement for Meridian Park and 29 car parking bays.

During consultation earlier this year, the City received 17 submissions with 14 objections that raised concerns about increased traffic, noise and the number of existing fuel stations.

The City’s report said the acoustic report found noise levels would be acceptable, and a traffic study said the road network could accommodate the extra vehicle movements.

Extracted in full from: Neerabup service station plans get the green light | Community News (perthnow.com.au)

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