Petrol station and drive-through coffee shop plans for Top Field site are given green light
Planning permission has been granted for the EG Group to build a new roadside service station in Barton-Upon-Humber. Pictured is one of the group's existing garages.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Dec 2018
Plans for a service station including a petrol station and drive-through coffee shop have been given the go-ahead.
The development replaces proposals for a pub and restaurant on part of land known as Top Field in Barton-Upon-Humber, where a new Lidl supermarket is already under construction.
The plans to build on Top Field, which initially also included proposals for housing that have since been dropped, were fiercely opposed by local residents over issues including environmental concerns, the removal of trees, traffic concerns, access concerns, the impact on the town centre and flooding.
But North Lincolnshire Council has since designated three-and-a-half-acres of land as village green at the site, which sits to the south of the roundabout from the A1077 and the A15 at the entrance to the town, meaning it will be protected for future generations.
Now, permission has been granted for the roadside service station, which could create up to 60 new jobs, and work is expected to start soon.
Construction work on the new Lidl store, which is also being built at the Top Field site in Barton (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)
It is to include electric charging points, a convenience store and a drive-through coffee shop.
The application was submitted by EG Group, which manages roadside services across Europe.
Tom Jeremiah, group planning director at the business, said: "We are proposing modern roadside services that caters to the needs of our customers and the future needs of motorists.
"This will include electric charging points, a convenience retail offer and a drive-thru coffee shop, where customers can rest, relax and refuel before continuing their onward journey.
"This type of comprehensive roadside offer is not available in Barton right now.
"The permitted plans will create up to 60 new jobs in a range of full-time and part-time roles, with opportunities for further training and career development.
"We are delighted that North Lincolnshire Council has granted planning permission for this development.
"Located on the A15 junction on the edge of Barton, we will be able to serve customers living in the area as well as those passing through, capturing additional spending to help boost the economy."
An existing EG Groups garage (Image: Williams Photo Agency)
The company has said that competition with other local pumps could lower the prices for motorists.
The council's planning committee gave permission for the development, following the recommendation of planning officers at the authority.
But the decision came despite objections from both Barton Town Council and the Top Field Action Group, which campaigned against the Lidl store.
Town councillors and campaigners said they had concerns over "significant traffic volumes" and the project's effect on the area.
Paul Chapman, who is part of the action group, said in a letter to the council that the plans did not take into account the views of residents.
He said: "The views of the residents appear to have been totally ignored yet again."