Asda petrol station wins the go-ahead in Highbridge
plans to build a controversial petrol station outside its Highbridge
store have this week been given the go-ahead despite a high profile
campaign to halt the scheme by residents.
District Council's Development Control Committee gave the go-ahead
for the eight-pump petrol station at the Caxton Road store during
a meeting on Tuesday (November 26th).
approval comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com first
reported here in September that Asda had altered its scheme
by reversing the proposed entrance and exit locations and proposing
a new pedestrian crossing be built in order to address road safety
County Council's highways department withdrew its objections as
a result and this helped Asda secure the go-ahead for its proposal.
nearby residents are unimpressed and claim the petrol station
will create extra noise, pollution and disturbance.
Bob Filmer, who chairs Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee,
said on Tuesday that a number of controls are in place to reduce
the impact on residents.
include restricting the opening hours of the petrol station to
those of the store itself and reducing light pollution by ensuring
lights are directed downwards and away from nearby properties.
resident Racheal Loud said: "I and other residents are very
petrol station would create pollution, lead to health problems
for children and cause a big increase in traffic at an already
while town councillors gave a 'thumbs down' to the scheme at their
recent planning meeting, Sedgemoor has granted permission.
planning application was approved by eight votes to five on Tuesday.
Town Planning Manager for ASDA, Alan Jones, said: "Were
pleased with the decision and grateful to the district councillors
for their support. It is well known that Asdas petrol prices
generally drive down the cost of petrol in a local area, increasing
competition and improving choice. Were looking forward to
bringing those famous low-prices to Highbridge."
original plans attracted a number of objections earlier this year,
as reported here,
prompting the scheme to be subsequently withdrawn by Asda.