Wagga Road service station and convenience store development application rejected by Albury Council

ALBURY Council has unanimously rejected a service station development on a key site in Wagga Road.

The site partly occupied by Hungry Jack’s until its closure in early 2012 had been the subject of a development application submitted to council 12 months ago.

After plans were also submitted to NSW Roads and Maritime Services, additional information was sought to address various traffic and site design issues in August last year.

But repeated requests for amended plans, including as recently as last month, have been ignored and led to council planning staff recommending to council the proposal be rejected.

United Petroleum is proposing to operate the service station on the land owned by JMP Developments.

The council sought a clear indication of all traffic movement areas including the movement of B-Double trucks through the site with both Wagga and Kaylock roads being designated B-Double routes.

Also, three proposed entry and exit points created too many opportunities for conflict and proposed bowser arrangements resulted in minimal queuing room from the southern most entry on Wagga Road.

United Petroleum was also given the chance to withdraw the application, but wanted it determined on the information originally submitted.

Planning director Michael Keys said it was uncommon for repeated requests to go unanswered in these situations.

“It is why we persisted in giving numerous opportunities, starting as early as August last year, and continuing right through until last month and almost on a weekly basis over the past six weeks to seek further responses,” he said.

“We’ve been unable to illicit any of those and that is why we’ve got the support of the owner of the property to bring this to a head and have a final determination made.

“We were trying to appease both parties and get both parties to the table.”

The applicant can appeal the council determination to the NSW Land and Environment Court.

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