Waitomo Energy has applied for consent to build an unmanned fuel service station on this West Street site opposite Ashburton Domain.

Waitomo Energy has applied for a land use consent to construct, operate and maintain an unmanned fuel service station on West Street, Ashburton.

The site is located on West Street, opposite the Ashburton Domain and is 200m south from the Walnut Avenue intersection.

The site is gazetted for railway purposes and managed by KiwiRail Holdings Limited.

Because of its location off a state highway, Waitomo Energy has already asked for and been given written support by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency.

Waitomo Energy would lease an area of 1535m2 for the proposed service station and the forecourt would include four dispenser locations and eight filling locations.

Two vehicle crossings are proposed directly on to SH1, which will operate on a one-way basis.

The northern vehicle crossing will be 12m wide and be used for entry only and the southern vehicle crossing will be 11m wide and used as an exit only.

The proposal would also include landscaping, stormwater disposal and earthworks associated with construction.

Resource consent is also required from Environment Canterbury and would be sought following the successful granting of land use consent by Ashburton District Council.

The application has been publicly notified with submissions closing on April 26.

The site is zoned Open Space A and using it as a fuel service station is not a permitted activity under the Ashburton District Plan.

-By Mick Jensen