Gloucester councillors reject Woolies service station

GLOUCESTER councillors have rejected an application for a service station in a combined development with a Woolworths supermarket in the town.

Mayor Geoff Slack declined to comment shortly after the vote on the controversial development application.

The service station was approved by the Gloucester Shire Council in August last year but the application was later withdrawn.

The council approved the supermarket last November but it is the subject of a legal challenge by Gloucester businessman Mark Garner, whose family own the town’s existing Foodworks and IGA retail businesses.

Mr Garner said he lodged an objection to the service station.

There was widespread community opposition to the service station development, planned for the southern end of Church Street, Gloucester’s main thoroughfare and a thriving retail strip.

The Gloucester Chamber of Commerce opposed the service station development on the grounds it would lead to the closure of existing businesses and interfere with nearby residences.

The service station was proposed for a flood prone site but council staff recommended approval, with conditions, because the land’s zoning allowed the development.

Mr Garner’s appeal against the proposal is set to be heard in the Land and Environment Court in early September.

Some of the 14 objectors to the service station proposal asked the council to defer the application until Mr Garner’s appeal has been resolved.

The Newcastle Herald is seeking further comment on the refusal.

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