The South Australian company behind the X Convenience service station chain will challenge the refusal of a development in Adelaide’s south but the council will “vigorously” defend any appeal.

Marion Council’s independent assessment panel on September 2 – in front of a packed public gallery – unanimously rejected Andrash plans to build a $2.8m 12 pump petrol station, car wash, shop and drive through restaurant at 373 Diagonal Road, Sturt.

The council’s assessment panel went against council staff advice and refused the project on grounds including it was inconsistent with the desired character of the zone and a “pedestrian friendly environment”.

A spokeswoman for Andrash said the company would be appealing the refusal.

“This area has already been zoned for a service station so we are confident we can take the panel’s recommendations on board and work with the council to ensure the correct design is accomplished for the service station,” she said.

“The council would like a simpler design than what was presented.”

The project would replace an existing restaurant. The spokeswoman could not clarify if the appeal would be lodged with the Environment Resources and Development Court or with the council.

But Marion Council at its Tuesday council meeting supported a motion from Mayor Kris Hanna to “vigorously defend” any court appeal.

Mr Hanna also secured support from his colleagues for a recommendation that staff cannot approve any compromise proposal without the support of the council chamber.

X Convenience, which has 24 branches, is building a petrol station at Newton and has recently secured planning approval for another outlet at Paradise and Mt Barker.

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