BATHURST already has 15 operating petrol retailers, but that number could soon jump to as high as 18.
Two separate development applications (DAs) have been lodged with Bathurst Regional Council, pitching to build service stations in Kelso and Raglan.
This is in addition to another petrol retailer, Pearl Energy, which is currently under construction in the Bathurst central business district.
The first DA was lodged on March 17 by Voda Building Services and proposes to build a Caltex highway service station and Carl's Jr restaurant at 214 Sydney Road, next door to Clancy Motors.
It has an estimated cost of $4.9 million.
The second DA, submitted by Stevens Holding Pty Ltd on March 18, seeks consent for a $2.8 million project that includes a new service station, fast food outlet and three-lot subdivision at 5350 Great Western Highway, Raglan.
Under the proposal from Voda Building Services, there would be two individual tenancies for the Caltex and the Carl's Jr restaurant.
The Caltex would have six fuel dispenser units, including two high-flow diesel dispensers at the rear of the development.
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It would also have a sevice station store capable of providing a small amount of cafe, food and convenience items.
Carl's Jr would have drive-through and eat-in facilities.
It is proposed that the development would operate 24-hours per day, seven days a week.
Should council give consent to the development, the Statement of Environmental Effects (SoEE) says it will take up to 18 months to construct and the work would be done in one continuous stage.
A risk screening investigation was undertaken prior to the DA being lodged and concluded that the development is "not potentially hazardous" and any potential risks can be managed.
The second DA is proposed for a site about six kilometres outside of Bathurst, opposite the Raglan BP service station.
The SoEE for this development notes that plans for the road corridor have presented the opportunity to build the service station.
"Upon the completion of the proposed upgrading of the Great Western Highway by Transport for NSW, the existing service station traffic will be unable to turn right from the [BP] to the same extent," it reads.
"The roadworks therefore create an opportunity for a service station on the subject land to cater for eastbound traffic."
This proposal comes with the added challenge of the site being within the curtilage of a heritage item, known as Violet Hill.
The homestead is located approximately 700 metres to the northwest of the site on an adjoining lot.
Supporting documents for the DA include comments from City Plan Heritage, which say "the construction of a service station will result in a minor but acceptable impact on the heritage significance of the item".
Council will consider and make determinations on the two DAs for service stations at a later date.