Margaret Strelow
Margaret Strelow

Car yard on Lower Dawson Rd in Allenstown gets mayor’s OK

THE council sometimes needs a more pragmatic approach to development applications, according to mayor Margaret Strelow.

She was speaking in favour of a car showroom being developed on a vacant block with highway frontage on Lower Dawson Rd in Allenstown.

The recommendation to the planning and development committee was that the application from Bingford Pty Ltd be refused on the grounds that there was not an overwhelming need for it in a residential area and its operation was not reliant on highway traffic. But Cr Strelow said that was "a bit of a tough call".

"If it was a service station or a motel we would have said yes," she said.

"While I respect the officer's professional opinion, I think that sometimes we need a more pragmatic approach."

Cr Neil Fisher said the showroom would be an effective and attractive use of a vacant block of land.

The motion to approve was carried on the grounds that a car yard would have similar or lesser impact than other developments, such as motels or service stations, and it would benefit from the highway frontage.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads had approved access and there were no objections to the application.



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