A sand-filled and dilapidated site that has been an eyesore on Canning Highway for more than a decade is about to become a 7-Eleven petrol station and convenience store.

Metro Inner South Joint Development Assessment Panel members unanimously approved plans on Friday from landowner Raeside Pty Ltd to build a $2.3 million petrol station and convenience store at 83 Canning Highway, South Perth.

The site used to be home to a panel beating centre, BP service station and Gull Hurlingham service station until it was demolished in 2008.

The site was then excavated for remediation purposes, preventing it being used for residential development.

The site since has been left vacant and boarded up.

It will now become home to eight refuelling bays, two underground fuel tanks, a 210sqm convenience store and 10 parking bays, including an ACROD bay.

“The new development will be a significant improvement over the sandy, excavated site which has been like that for years,” Hidding Urban Planning director Nik Hidding said.

A report said the convenience store would be a community benefit.

“The operation of the 24-hour convenience store in particular has the capacity to cater towards the day-to-day and incidental shopping needs of anticipated higher density living along Canning Highway,” it said.

The convenience store will offer a drive-through service with takeaway food and beverage options.

The landowner wanted to operate the service station 24 hours seven days a week but State planners agreed to limit its opening hours to Mondays to Saturdays 5am to 10pm and Sundays 9am to 9pm.

South Perth resident Marieke Weerheim, whose home is next to the site, said she was concerned by the potential noise from delivery trucks reversing at night.

“There are currently no conditions restricting reversing trucks and service vehicles with loud beepers through the night,” she said.

She pleaded with State planners to add a condition to the developer’s noise management plan that delivery trucks other than fuel be limited to between 7am and 7pm Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 7pm Sundays, including public holidays.

Ms Weerheim also asked that fuel trucks entering the site outside the above hours use only forward gear.

“This will protect my residential amenity, particularly at night when my children and I are trying to sleep,” she said.

State planners approved her requests, with Cr Carl Celedin speaking in favour of the change.

“Residents are rightly concerned with issues of noise, traffic and lighting and I certainly appreciate their input,” he said.

The city consulted the community on the plans in July and received 46 submissions objecting to it.

The key concerns raised included an increase in traffic creating congestion in the surrounding local roads, the development’s appropriateness and increase in noise.

Extracted in full from: https://www.perthnow.com.au/local-news/central/state-planners-approve-23-million-plans-for-a-7-eleven-petrol-station-at-derelict-canning-highway-site-c-8897240