Roundabout fuel station approved

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A proposed service station and lunch bar on the Chester Pass Road roundabout will have to gain the approval of the City of Albany council and Main Roads after the State Administrative Tribunal conditionally approved the development last week.

The station would be the 19th fuel outlet in Albany, the most of any regional WA city, according to price monitoring website Fuel Watch.

More than 10 conditions were placed on the development, including access specifications which are set to be the subject of the City and Main Roads approval.

Following the verdict delivered last Thursday, Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the specifications would have to satisfy the City before the development could proceed.

The City of Albany council rejected the application for a $2.4 million service station on the busy roundabout in February amid safety concerns — a decision appealed by the proponent Peter Webb and Associates through the SAT.

Mr Wellington said the outcome was what was expected and he believed the main condition around access to the fuel station would take time to be solved.

“That is one of about 14 conditions and it is the main one,” he said.

“If we can’t get to a situation where we agree on that, they have got a problem,” he said.

“It could be a very expensive exercise but we don’t know that until we go through the ramifications of what would and wouldn’t be satisfied.

“Suffice to say the conditions and satisfaction of the City of Albany are going to be pretty high.”

Main Roads has also previously objected to the proposal, raising concerns a development would increase traffic and create more “conflict points” at the roundab-out.

However, this has been denied by Peter Webb and Associates, which declined to comment.

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