Developer has lodged plans to build a new service station and fast food restaurant on the Captain Cook Highway at Yorkeys Knob. Picture: Supplied
The very complex reasoning distilled down to two key points – the Barron River Delta is reserved for agriculture in the planning scheme, and putting massive fuel tanks in a known flood zone is questionable.
Where one servo failed, there are plenty more to take its place – a point Division 9 councillor Brett Olds summed up.
Plans are under way to open the city’s first 7-Eleven service station at 334 Sheridan St in Cairns North. Picture: Supplied
“We’ve got so many applications coming in for service stations and bloody shopping centres,” he said.
“We’ll have more service stations and shopping centres than people out there if it keeps going like that.”
The biggest proposal of the past year is undoubtedly developer Heavey Lex Pty Ltd’s project across the road from Campus Shopping Village in Smithfield.
A developer plans to build three new fast food restaurants, a gym, offices and shops alongside a service station on the Captain Cook Hwy. Plans have grown due to the Smithfield bypass sending more traffic in the site’s direction. PICTURE: SUPPLIED
The plan was initially simply to build a petrol station, but plans were supercharged when the Smithfield bypass alignment made it clear traffic would be funnelled directly to the site.
The developer has now added seven new tenancies to mix including three mystery fast food outlets.
A developer is planning to build a new Shell service station and Night Owl convenience store at 66-68 Anderson St in Manunda. Picture: Supplied
The development of a service station with food and drink shop and attached drive-through restaurant has been flagged for Lot 2 on the Captain Cook Highway at Clifton Beach – the site of the former Cairns Tropical Zoo. Picture: Supplied
Outside of the city’s northern suburbs, cut-price petrol provider United has its eye on the former Motoco car yard on Mulgrave Rd in Bungalow, and Shell has plans for Anderson Rd in Manunda.
A new United service station with attached Pie Face takeaway is on the cards for 315-321 Mulgrave Rd in Bungalow – the former site of Motoco Cairns car yard, and Honeycombe Cars before that. Picture: Supplied
However, there are at least two existing service stations that have recently taken out graveyard plots.
The old Puma in Woree is fenced off an out of operation, having wound up on a dead-end street after the realignment of the Bruce Highway.
The former Outback Opal Mine tourist attraction off the Captain Cook Highway at Clifton Beach is set to become a United service station if development plans are approved by Cairns Regional Council. PICTURE: SUPPLIED
Demolition crews have also moved in to the former Caltex on Reservoir Rd in Manoora.
EARLIER: It was once the site of a planned heliport but now developers want to turn a picturesque tract of agricultural land at Yorkeys Knob into a service station.
They may have run into trouble this time with Cairns Regional Council officers calling for the plan to be rejected.
The planning and environment committee is due to decide on Wednesday whether to approve a service station and two fast food restaurants on current sugarcane land on the Captain Cook Highway.
Council documents show the property was previously earmarked for a heliport and attached educational establishment and caretaker’s residence – but those plans had been allowed to lapse.
It should come as no surprise to the developer, listed as Yorkeys Knob BP Pty Ltd, but planning officers are not even remotely on board.
“A written prelodgement response was provided to the applicant on about March 18, 2020 about the proposal,” a report states.
The service station will be a BP if it is approved. Picture: Emma Brasier
Consistently, throughout this time, the applicant has been advised that the proposal would unlikely be supported.
“Despite the previous prelodgement discussions, the applicant has lodged the development application.”
Papers before Wednesday’s meeting state the development “conflicts with the policy direction” that prohibits non-rural development within the Barron River Delta flood plain and outside the specified urban area of Yorkeys Knob.
It also states the project would represent a visual intrusion to the delta, which was “of rural character, dominated by stands of trees along the highway and rivers, sugarcane and smaller rural buildings, including agricultural sheds”.
The decision lies with councillors, who may take into consideration the fact no submissions were made against the project despite going to public consultation.
Regardless of its fate, it is just another in a rapidly growing number of new petrol stations proposed across the city.