On The Run moves to develop empty servo site

Comment has been invited from the public for a new multi-million-dollar petrol station and general retail outlet in Millicent by the Adelaide-based Peregrine Corporation, which operates the On The Run chain across South Australia.

Unlike many other On The Run outlets, Millicent will not sell some fast food lines.

The company purchased an unmanned service station and block of shops from the local Croser family at Billygoat Corner in 2015 and the buildings have been vacant and derelict for the past seven years.

OTR already has 24/7 outlets locally in Kingston, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte, Tailem Bend and Bordertown.

The Peregrine Corporation also runs the Subway fast food outlet in the IGA supermarket complex in Millicent.

The company has made a number of public statements about its intentions for Billygoat Corner since 2015, but there has been no activity.

On The Run bid in 2021 for the service station on Adelaide Road in Millicent which was owned by Wattle Range Council.

However, council instead opted for a lower offer from the K&S Corporation.

According to the 48-page planning application by On The Run for Billygoat Corner, the existing buildings will be demolished to make way for pumps, underground fuel tanks, signage, car parks, car wash, shop, toilets, office and store.

Much of the block will remain vacant.

“The proposal will not generate any nuisance for neighbours through food odour or other air pollution impacts of food preparation or service,” states the planning documents.

“The proposed development will offer groceries and prepared food but will not offer ‘co-branded’ quick-service restaurant food such as Oporto or Hungry Jacks.

“By establishing a new employment generating land use, the retail fuel outlet will provide improved access to a range of products, services and facilities that will support the existing local community of

Millicent.

“The development will facilitate the replacement and rejuvenation of an existing disused employment land use with new buildings and infrastructure that will provide a service to the local community without compromising the amenity of the

locality.

“The proposed control building and supporting infrastructure have been set back from the two street boundaries and have been framed by generous landscaped areas.

“The landscaping will assist in reducing the visual impact of the built form on the site and will complement the amenity of the surrounding locality.

“The proposed development will be a modern, contemporary facility with a high standard of architectural design.”

Comment closes at the Adelaide office of Plan SA on June 9.

The proposed On The Run development is diagonally opposite the existing service station operated by the K&S Corporation.

This company has submitted its own plans for a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of its service station.

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