Yandina residents are ready for a fight after rumours surfaced that a rejected service station development next door to a historic hall and childcare centre could be allowed on appeal.

The development application, initially lodged in 2021, was rejected by the Sunshine Coast Council in June that year on the grounds that it was not in line with the character and heritage values of the area, among other reasons.

Developer Pearl Investment (Aust) Pty Ltd appealed the council’s decision in the Planning and Environment Court, with a decision still pending.

But Yandina and District Community Association president Marie Reeve, who has been keeping a close eye on the appeal process, said she had heard that the project would be allowed to go ahead and that the community would vehemently oppose it.

“I have been in regular contact with a council representative just to know what the time frames are and how it’s going,” she said.

“The last time I made contact I was told that negotiations are continuing, the plans have been modified and it’s likely that an approval will be issued.

“That is very, very concerning.”

The site at Yandina where a development application for a service station is currently under appeal.

The site at Yandina where a development application for a service station is currently under appeal.

Ms Reeve said when the proposal first popped up in 2021 alarm bells rang.

“There’s no way a delivery fuel tanker can go through the residential streets of Yandina,” she said.

“We know this is a heritage and cultural precinct and a heavily used pedestrian area.

“You’ve got the childcare centre just one block away, you’ve got parents with prams and kids on bikes and scooters all going down there.

“You put a whole lot of extra cars and a tanker in the mix there and you’ve got problems.”

The site is across the road from the heritage-listed hall for the Yandina School of Arts.

President Daniel Weepers said he could not believe the project was ever considered for the site.

President of the Yandina Schools of Arts Daniel Weepers.

President of the Yandina Schools of Arts Daniel Weepers.

“It doesn’t suit the characteristic of the town nor does it fit the historic precinct that they’re trying to place it in,” he said.

“Council have rejected it based on code and if council stand true to the codes that they have in place then it must be rejected.

“The only way for this to be approved is to break code and allow something that just does not belong.

“It’s a ridiculous concept.”

Extracted in full from: Yandina residents fear service station could get past appeal | The Courier Mail

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