BP station consent opposed

Gordon Rd resident Murray Bambery (84) is opposing the redevelopment of the BP service station...
Gordon Rd resident Murray Bambery (84) is opposing the redevelopment of the BP service station opposite his home in Mosgiel. Photos: Shawn McAvinue
A planner will recommend a resource consent application to redevelop the BP service station in Mosgiel be declined at a Dunedin City Council hearing tomorrow, reflecting the view of a nearby resident.

Gordon Rd resident Murray Bambery wrote a submission opposing the redevelopment of the BP station over the road from his home.

Mr Bambery has owned his flat for 14 years and has lived alone since his wife Gwendoline moved into a rest-home.

The land at 70 Gordon Rd  BP has proposed using to expand its operation with facilities including...
The land at 70 Gordon Rd BP has proposed using to expand its operation with facilities including a car wash.
Due to failing health, neither would be attending the hearing tomorrow.

Mr Bambery planned to sell his home soon to join his wife in the rest-home but feared the proposed redevelopment would have a detrimental effect on residential property values.

A service station should be bounded by commercial land rather than residential, he said.

Two of the concerns listed in the submission were  an increase in "noise nuisance" and light pollution, including the headlights of motorists departing the station shining into his flat "at all hours" of the proposed 24/7 operation.

He was not willing to compromise with BP.

"I don’t believe in compromises because you’re giving everything away, aren’t you?"

In a report, council planner Connor Marner recommended the consent application, in its current form, be declined because "it will have significant adverse effects on the surrounding residential area’s amenity levels".

The expansion of the station on to land zoned residential at 70 Gordon Rd would "undermine the integrity of the district plan" and the effects of the activity on the land, including a car wash, vacuum and air hose, would be "at least minor" on the surrounding residential properties, she said.

The proposal to operate 24 hours a day would "result in an increase in the anticipated noise to a level that will have a more than minor effect".

The likely adverse effects of the proposed activity on neighbouring residential properties could not be mitigated to an acceptable level by the conditions of the consent, he said.

A revised application that did not include the land at 70 Gordon Rd and hours of operation similar to the existing operation, which opens between 6am and 11pm on weekdays and 7am and 11pm on weekends, would be considered more likely to maintain the amenity of the environment, she said.

The owners and occupiers of the properties near the station were invited to make  submissions.

Of the submissions received, eight opposed and one supported the proposal.

Irvine St resident Margaret Sutherland told the Taieri Times she wrote a submission in support.

"I’m quite agreeable. It’s not going to make any difference to me."

BP Oil spokeswoman Leigh Taylor said the proposed redevelopment reflected the growth in the area.

She said she could not comment further as the consent process was ongoing. 

Comments

Have you seen how much traffic there is in Mosgiel after 8PM. Not sure why they even want to contemplate opening 24 hours.

My concern is the loss of a good/ handy workshop.