DRIVERS travelling through Epsom could soon find a food trailer parked next to the empty Wrangler Shop on the Midland Highway.
Business Gourmet Gals has asked City of Greater Bendigo planners for permission to permanently place the trailer in the premises' car park.
The applicant has told planners that Epsom is not flooded with food options but is growing at a rapid pace.
"Hence why I feel this would be a great fit for the Epsom community," the application stated.
Epsom's population rose from 1405 people to 4325 in the decade to 2016, Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows.
The Midland Highway has also become busier as more people move to growth suburbs like Huntly and then commute into Bendigo.
About 6500 vehicles travel south every day from Huntly to White Hills, according to VicRoads data from February, 2017. It is an increase of 2200 vehicles since February, 2006.
The Gourmet Gals proposal would include enough space for six to eight car parks, the application stated.
"I would not have an adverse effect on the surrounding neighbours as I would not be trading late nor have any other noise disturbance," the applicant said.
The applicant said the white trailer would have no visual impact on the predominantly commercial properties nearby and would blend in against the bright yellow building next to it.
The Epsom proposal is being considered as the council reviews its processes around itinerant trade, following confusion over a food van application by an unknown party in Elmore last November.
The council refused a local laws permit at Railway Place when it emerged VicTrack, which owns the land, had not given direct approval for electrical and water works to take place there.
The council is not accepting itinerant trade applications until its review is complete.
But the Epsom proposal would be one private land and therefore would not be considered against itinerant trade regulations, which relate solely to public land.