Litres of fuel swapped for pints of beer in plans for Barton's key Top Field site

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Jul 2018

Plans to build a new family pub and restaurant in North Lincolnshire have been scrapped.

Proposals would have seen the pub constructed on an area of Barton known as Top Field, where Lidl is building a new supermarket.

However, the inclusion of a pub on the development has now been dropped and instead, a planning application for a petrol station and drive-through coffee shop has been submitted.

Forecourt operator EG Group says the proposals would deliver modern roadside services adjacent to the A15 junction on the edge of the town, at the Humber Bridge approach.

A statement said: "The proposed development site is part of a wider allocation, which was granted planning permission in early 2018 and included a family pub, as well as Lidl. The proposed pub did not attract any serious interest from operators and was subsequently marketed more widely when it became clear that it would not be a viable prospect.

An example of what the development could look like. Pictured is an EG Group development in Calder Park

"EG Group’s proposals seek to deliver a productive new use on the site, which will have wider benefits for residents. The plans would deliver up to 60 new jobs, with many more created through the supply chain and during construction."

Rob Buffham, planning manager at EG Group, said: "Barton is not well-served by roadside services, giving limited options for people to refuel. By delivering new, modern facilities we hope to stimulate competition in the local market which could lead to lower prices at the pumps.

"As well as traditional fuel, we are also proposing to deliver electric charging technology which will cater for the ever-changing demands of customers transitioning to modern vehicles. By combining this service with a new coffee shop, customers will be able to rest, relax and refuel before continuing their onward journey.

"This site benefits from outline planning permission, with a Lidl supermarket already being constructed along with previously approved access arrangements. As it has become clear that a family pub would not be sustainable in this location, we are keen to build on what has already been permitted to deliver a scheme that works for Barton and benefits the town."

The plans will now be considered by North Lincolnshire Council and a decision will be made in the coming months. Should planning permission be granted, EG Group intend to start work as soon as possible.

Lidl's plans will see the relocation of the existing store in the town.

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