Asda withdraws plans for new low-cost petrol station in Highbridge
has withdrawn its controversial plans to build a new low-cost
petrol station at its Highbridge store following a series of objections.
scheme for an eight-pump petrol station to be sited in place of
the small parking area at the entry to the Caxton Road store has
drawn a number of complaints, as first
supermarket giant has withdrawn the application amid concern about
the safety of motorists leaving the proposed petrol station on
a sharp bend - although Asda is now likely to make changes to
the plans and resubmit a new application.
follows an objection from Somerset County Council's Transport
Development Group which raised concerns about the "unacceptable"
restricted visibility for motorists leaving the planned petrol
Griffiiths from the group says: "The application in its present
form should be refused for failure to provide accetable visibility
splays. However the applicant may wish to consider reversing the
entrance and exit locations, which would be acceptable."
councillor Chris Williams, who also expressed his concerns about
safety for motorists leaving the site, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I'm pleased the scheme has been withdrawn and hope that
Asda has second thoughts about the layout."
would have entered the petrol station by driving along part of
the service road and then come out onto a tight, sharp bend which
would have been dangerous."
the objections submitted to Sedgemoor District Council was a letter
from an architectural consultancy service representing the owners
of other local petrol stations. It highlighted the "economic
impact of the proposal" on existing businesses in the town
and claimed that with three stations already serving the town
there "is no need from a public perspective for a further
station as competition in the market already ensures low prices
for the community."
least eight letters were sent by the general public to the district
council - six objections and two in support of the plans.
said the station would have been unmanned most of the time, although
it would have a 'forecourt greeter' 65 hours each week to help
customers at busy trading times.
firm explains: "The pumps will be fully automated and self-service
operated by means of customer credit card authorisation only;
there will be no cash sales."
method of forecourt operation is significantly more efficient
than 'pay at kiosk' and 'drive to pay' stations with much reduced
standing time on the forecourt, consequently accommodating higher
throughput with minimal queuing. The station would have four dual-sided
dispensers, on four islands set out in a 2 x 2 domino layout,
with fuel hose delivery to both sides of the dispenser, providing
eight filling positions."
reduce the noise impact to local residents, Asda planned restricted
opening hours of 7am-10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays.
The planning application states that the facilities would see
the removal of 31 parking spaces.
proposals had been welcomed by many local motorists who said they
hoped the extra competition would drive down fuel costs across
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, where there is currently no supermarket