A new service station would be built on an abandoned block in Torrens Park by a company challenging refusal of a similar project in Adelaide’s south.

South Australian family-owned petrol retailer X Convenience has lodged a development application with Mitcham Council for a new station on an empty site near the corner of Belair and Blythewood roads.

The land backs on to Torrens Park Railway Station.

The now razed block has previously been a business depot, Artscape Teak and Pottery store, and most recently was vacant with abandoned commercial buildings.

It is a prominent spot, with Blythewood Road connecting to Old Belair Road – one of the main thoroughfares out of Blackwood and Belair.

According to plans released by the council, the convenience store would be built to the north of the block, with 12 petrol pumps to the south.

The land at the corner of Blythewood and Belair roads. Image: Google

The land at the corner of Blythewood and Belair roads. Image: Google

It would also include a car wash.

The land borders a house to the immediate south.

The development has been classified “category 3”, meaning it does not comply with the zone of the area and was sent out for public consultation.

On Facebook, Michael Jenner said the block “seems like a good spot” for a petrol station.

However, Matt Rowlands asked: “How many servos do we need?”

“Already have the Woolies and Shell down the road plus the independent opposite the Mitcham shops on Princes Road,” Mr Rowlands wrote.

Public consultation closes on Wednesday.

It is not yet know when Mitcham Council will consider the development application.

It comes as X Convenience’s parent company Andrash Pty Ltd has lodged a court appeal against Marion Council’s assessment panel’s unanimous refusal of a $2.8m 12 pump petrol station, car wash, shop and drive through restaurant at 373 Diagonal Road, Sturt.

The matter is listed for a preliminary conference in the Environment Resources and Development Court.

Marion Council voted in September to “vigorously” defend any appeal.

Extracted in full from: https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/east-hills/x-convenience-lodges-plans-for-servo-on-vacant-belair-road-block/news-story/b1605be490e5210f80f4e742fe6674e7

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