A controversial service station at Camperdown will go ahead after Corangamite Shire councillors voted to accept a scaled-back proposal.
But one councillor believes the land holder should have been asked to submit a new application due to the changes. The motion was passed 5-2, with councillors Ruth Gstrein and Wayne Oakes voting against it.
The new plan does not include five shops that were included in the initial application, but Cr Gstrein fears the service station may have a greater impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties than first thought.
Cr Gstrein said the service station, which will be built on the corner of Manifold and Curdie streets, was now double the size, had high-flow pumps that catered for larger vehicles - including trucks - and more illuminated signage.
"It's gone from a fairly small operation to one that has the potential to be a lot greater," she said. "It should have been a new application."
But mayor Neil Trotter said he was satisfied the objections raised by neighbours had been met in the amended proposal.
He said these included acoustic fencing to address concerns about noise.
"I think the conditions that have been attached will take care of some of the objectors' concerns," Cr Trotter said.
He said the issue of increased competition to existing service stations was also raised, but this was not something councillors took into consideration when voting on the application.
"It has to be on planning grounds, not in relation to competition," Cr Trotter said.
SHA Premier Constructions Pty Ltd is the company behind the project, which was first approved three years ago.
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