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Planner says gas station should go ahead

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 20/06/2014

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BP Oil should be allowed to build a service station next to a primary school on a busy road, an Auckland Council officer says.

Senior planner Scott Cheng is recommending commissioners grant the oil company's request to build next to St Mark's Catholic School, but with conditions.

"With the appropriate mitigation measures implemented (including the installation of a solid median on Pakuranga Rd along the full road frontage of the site), the proposed service station is unlikely to create more than minor detrimental impact on the safety of the school children," he says in a council report.

The company has unsuccessfully applied to build on the site twice before. The Planning Tribunal rejected a proposal in 1992 as did the Environment Court in 1998.

Cheng says the main reason for the court's decision was traffic and pedestrian safety.

In BP's latest proposal a pedestrian footpath around the back of the station from the school will help to keep children safe, he says.

A resource consent hearing is set for June 24 and 25.

All but one of the 329 submissions are opposed to the station being built.

But BP says the vast majority of submitters should not be allowed to have a say as they were not officially notified of the resource consent proposal.

A decision is expected within 15 working days after next week's hearing.

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