Euro Garages has applied for planning permission to build a service station in Renfrewshire less than two months after it lodged plans for a scheme elsewhere in the county, as it expands its estate in Scotland.
The latest proposal is for a roadside services area comprising petrol filling station and EV charging points, an ancillary retail unit including a drive-thru facility and parking on land adjacent to the A737 Roadhead roundabout at Lochwinnoch.
Less than two months ago it applied for permission to develop a roadside services area comprising a petrol filling station (PFS) and ancillary retail unit, two café/restaurant units with drive-thru facilities and parking at the St James interchange, south of junction 29 of the M8 motorway.
It is proposed that the Lochwinnoch scheme will comprise eight pumps suitable for all vehicles with a 515sq m PFS retail unit and a 219sq m drive-thru unit.
There would be eight EV charging bays and parking for just over 50 vehicles in total.
In a planning statement in support of the application Clarendon Planning and Development said: “Given the location of the site on the A737 from north Ayrshire to Glasgow M8, together with the lack of modern roadside service areas on this part of the strategic road network, it is recognised that the demand for roadside facilities from existing motorists is likely to be high for both traditional refuelling and electric vehicle charging (EVC).
“In this regard, in addition to the petrol filling station element, the proposed development offers eight electric vehicle charging points. It is however anticipated that the number of EVC points provided within this roadside service area will increase as demand for recharge points increases. All Euro Garages sites have the basic infrastructure required to provide additional EVC bays as consumer demand increases.”
The document added that the development would “positively contribute” to the area’s charging network and offer the facilities “demanded by modern day electric vehicle drivers”.
Renfrewshire is situated in the West of Scotland, and shares borders with five other local authorities – the City of Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, and West Dunbartonshire – and is home to Glasgow International Airport.