Council agrees to shopping centre

SHOPPERS, motorists and those needing medical care will have even more options with another shopping centre proposal approved by Gladstone Regional Council on Tuesday.

Glenlyon Developments Pty Ltd submitted a development application to council for material change of use for a block of land on Beezley Street in Glen Eden.

The proposal includes a service station, food premises, shops, childcare centre, medical centre and chemical storage.

The majority of the development will be built closer to the Glenlyon Road and Victoria Avenue intersection.

In 2003, council approved an application for a similar use which lapsed due to construction not commencing within four years of the approval.

Council’s Planning director Andrew Kearn said the current application had a slightly different configuration to the original.

This application received two properly made submissions during the public notification period, which did not necessarily object to the proposal but contained concerns pertaining to traffic, noise and hours of operation.

Other issues raised in submissions included concerns about patrons of the childcare centre using Reinaerhoff Crescent to access the centre and causing congestion and potentially disruptive delivery and operation hours.

“There was a noise study undertaken as part of the application,” Mr Kearn said.

He said under council’s planning scheme, the development required 85 car parking spaces, however, the developers had proposed 106 car parking spaces.

A report tabled at the council meeting stated the developer had consulted with residents.

Primary access to the service station will be via separate entry and exit driveways on Victoria Avenue.

A portion of the site in the eastern side will remain undeveloped.

The applicant advised council that this 13,118sq m areawas expected to be further developed in the future.



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