Service station might be too close to homes

EPA separation distances indicate the buffer for a service station operating seven days a week and past 7pm should be bigger than 50m.

THE proposed buffer for a service station on the corner of Newman and Yanchep Beach roads does not appear to conform to Environmental Protection Authority guidelines.

The 2005 Guidance for the Assessment of Environmental Factors Western Australia (in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1986) Environmental Protection Authority separation distances between industrial and sensitive land uses says the buffer for service stations, involving vehicle cleaning-detailing facilities and the retailing of spare parts and foodstuffs for premises operating during normal hours (Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm) should be 50m.

According to the plans lodged with the City of Wanneroo if approved the service station will operate from 6am to midnight seven days a week so the buffer might be required to be greater.

The document also says the buffer for freeway service centre (24hr operations) should be 100m and for all other 24hr operations the buffer for sensitive land uses should be 200m.

Sensitive land uses are land uses applied to places where people live or regularly spend time and which are therefore sensitive to emissions from industry.

They include residences, hospitals and nursing homes, short-stay accommodation, schools, child care facilities, shopping centres, playgrounds, and some public buildings.

The lodged plans also appear to conflicting diagrams for the BP sign.

In some of the plans submitted to the City of Wanneroo the BP sign is shown as 6m high while in the traffic impact assessment report the sign is 9m high.

Newman Rd resident Ken Sambell is a disability pensioner, who has suffered with a chronic immune system illness for the past 26 years. Mr Sambell said his family bought a home in Yanchep 12 years ago and decided on a home in Newman Rd, which suited their limited finances.

“We chose to live here as it afforded a predominantly fresh ocean breeze for us to raise our family in,’’ he said.

If the proposal went ahead Mr Sambell said no-through Newman Rd, which on a busy day had about 20 vehicles go past his home would suddenly increase in number in the next few years to a permissible 3000 vehicles a day.

“That is a 6000 per cent increase in traffic, noise, exhaust fumes and raw petrol fumes from fill-ups and venting from underground tank vent lines.

He said the prevailing breeze would carry the noise and fumes into his family’s breathing space.

Submissions on the application, which includes a BP petrol station, two showrooms and signage at 11 Yanchep Beach Rd, close on Tuesday, September 18.

The Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel will decide whether to approve the proposal.

Yanchep News Online has attempted to contact the proponent.