Brookfield plans

Top 50 Indie the Brookfield Group’s plans for a new forecourt in Gosforth have been rejected by councillors.

According to The Northern Echo, Newcastle City Councillors accused Brookfield Property and Ashdale Land and Property Company of ‘backtracking’ on changes to the plans for land off Rotary Way, Gosforth, and not amending the scheme as agreed.

Councillors said the plans were ‘over-development’ but Brookfield’s agent countered that in terms of design, the plans were consistent with schemes across the country. He said the land had been designated ‘white’ land some time ago and pointed to the fact that the initial seven EV charging points would rise to 20 over the life of the scheme. As such, he said it would be one of the largest EV charging points in the North of England.

Last week, Brookfield Group submitted plans for a new petrol station with EV charging and a coffee shop on land between the A164 and Riplingham Road, in Swanland, Hull.

In its application, the Brookfield Group said analysis of the existing roadside service provision in the area had identified a clear deficit in refuelling and EV charging provision along the A164 strategic road network.

The proposals include an eight-pump petrol filling station with underground tank farm; a fuel tanker stand; three HGV filling pumps with a canopy cover; an EV charging hub with rapid charging points that will be fully sheltered by a curved canopy; a car wash and two jet wash bays; two air/water/vacuum bays; a shop; and a drive-thru coffee shop.

The application says the proposal achieves a “high standard of design”, using materials that are appropriate to the site’s location. Accordingly, the shop will incorporate glazing and brickwork, alongside anthracite and red cedar panelling finishes. The glass-fronted shop will have automatic sliding doors.

The £4.5m project would create up to 60 jobs.