Council poised to reject new South Nowra service station

Land highlighted yellow is the land where the proponent wants to build a service centre.
Land highlighted yellow is the land where the proponent wants to build a service centre.

Shoalhaven City Council is set to knock back development plans for a new service centre south of Nowra.

The suburb already boasts a United Petroleum, BP, Coles Express, Enhance and Caltex within a couple of kilometres from the proposed site, and also on the eastern side of the Princes Highway.

Council cited competition as a reason behind plans to reject the building proposal.

“The proposal will draw commercial activity and investment away from existing employment lands precincts,” development and planning director Phil Costello said, in the development committee minutes. 

“The proponent has not satisfactorily demonstrated the need for the facility in this location.”

Council’s opposition to the service station has been backed by the Roads and Maritime Services, an authority that has serious concerns about the position of the development.

“The RMS has raised a number of significant concerns including that this proposal is not compatible with the grade-separated interchange required for the Shaolin Temple tourist development,” Mr Costello said.

“And that the proposal would result in significant delays and road safety issues, particularly for the right turn out of BTU Road.”

Councillors will discuss the proposal at the development committee meeting on Tuesday night, and at the next ordinary council meeting later this month.

If the plans are shut down by council the proponent does have the opportunity to lodge an appeal with the Joint Regional Planning Panel.