CONTROVERSIAL: The development of the former McCosker Motors site was approved by the Southern Downs Regional Council this week. Photo Contributed
CONTROVERSIAL: The development of the former McCosker Motors site was approved by the Southern Downs Regional Council this week. Photo Contributed Contributed

Woolworths petrol station still on council agenda

IT MIGHT be confusing and complicated, but the end result is Stanthorpe still has the chance of getting a Woolworths ptrol station.

The development application for the petrol station, at the site of the former McCosker Motors, is set to take centre stage in the Southern Downs Regional Council chambers on Wednesday.

The application for the petrol station was originally presented to the council during its July meeting.

At the meeting councillors voted against the development, citing public objection and competition issues.

In a follow-up story, the Border Post was told there were three ways for the council decision to be looked at again.

The first was for Woolworths to lodge an appeal with the Planning and Environment Court, which was the most likely option at the proposal, adhered to the SDRC planning scheme.

The second option was for Woolworths to ask the council to reconsider and the third was to leave the matter as it stood.

Despite none of the above taking place, the application is set to be discussed by the council again.

Do you want the Southern Downs Regional Council to vote in favour of the Woolworths petrol station?

This poll ended on 28 August 2014.

Current Results

Yes

69%

No

25%

I don't mind

5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A council spokeswoman said it was returning to the agenda because no decision was made at the July meeting.

"The recommendation to approve the application with conditions was lost and there was no further decision made," she said.

"The matter is to be further considered by council at the August general meeting due to the lack of a final decision on the application."

The first time around the application was met with a decent amount of public objection from several local business owners, workers and parents of the adjacent childcare centre.

However, as highlighted in the council agenda, one of the conditions for the child care centre, when it was approved in 2004, was that the "applicant is to take whatever action is necessary to protect the use from the impact on the operation of adjacent users".

In simple terms the issue of petrol fumes from the petrol station, if it is approved, impacting on the existing child care centre cannot be considered as a reason to refuse the application.

The meeting will be held in the Warwick Council Chambers on Wednesday.

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