BATHURST could have yet another new petrol station if councillors accept the recommendations of senior Bathurst Regional Council staff.
A development application (DA) has been lodged for a site at 5350 Great Western Highway, Raglan, seeking to construct a service station with convenience store and a takeaway food and drink premises.
The DA also includes shared amenities between the two businesses, fuel dispensers for light and heavy vehicles, car parking and signage, fencing and landscaping.
It differs from the original proposal, which included a two-lot subdivision.
The site is bound by Bathurst Airport to the east, agricultural land to the north and west, and Sydney Road to the south.
A report to Wednesday's council meeting from director of Environmental, Planning and Building Services, Neil Southorn, recommends the plans be approved with a long list of conditions.
A number of the conditions would need to be satisfied prior to the issue of any construction certificates.
Although this is the primary recommendation, Mr Southorn's report anticipates councillors could disagree and as such has provided the wording for an alternate recommendation to refuse consent.
"While the subject site is currently vacant it is part of the curtilage of the locally listed heritage item "Violet Hill". The homestead and associated outbuildings are located on the adjoining lot to the north of the subject lot," he said.
"Approval of the development will require councillors to be satisfied that the development is not inconsistent with council's Local Strategic Planning Statement and the objectives of the RU1 Primary Production zone, in addition to a number of matters that are recommended be required as conditions of consent.
"Should Councillors determine the proposal should not be approved, an alternate recommendation is provided for consideration."
The alternate recommendation cites reasons for refusal that include the proposed development not being consistent with the zone objectives for RU1 Primary Production and not being consistent with actions identified in the Local Strategic Planning Statement.
It also includes a statement saying that it will have an adverse impact on the significance of a heritage item.
These potential reasons for refusal are addressed in greater detail in Mr Southorn's report.
The proposal was notified to neighbouring property owners for a 10-day period in mid-2020, but no submissions were received.
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