Demolition for retail site

Developers are planning a 7-Eleven store for this site in central Colac.

Demolition has started at Colac’s former Rhys Evans site to make way for a new convenience store.

Colac Otway Shire Council revealed it received a planning application for the use and development of a service station and four food and drink premises for the site on the corner of Scott and Murray streets in March.

The council’s economic development unit and planning, building and health unit have been working with an applicant to assist with a proposed service station including a 7-Eleven convenience store and other retail premises.

Development and community services general manager Ian Seuren said the council was waiting for more information from an applicant to assist with processing a planning application for the proposed development.

“Planning officers have requested further information on a range of matters from the applicant, which has not yet been provided,” Mr Seuren said.

“Council will continue to work through the process with the applicant to gain approval.

“It is understood that buildings on the site are currently in the process of being demolished which does not require a planning permit from council,” he said.

The Murray Street site has been vacant since Rhys Evans moved to Colac West last year.

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