MFG has applied for planning permission to convert an Esso petrol station in Bury into an electric vehicle charging hub.
It is seeking permission to demolish the existing building and to install eight EV chargers along with a new, larger shop and jet washing equipment.
The group’s planning statement submitted to Bury Council says MFG is “embarking on an ambitious nationwide programme of electric vehicles charging infrastructure”,
MFG plans to invest £400m in ultra-rapid, 150kW and 350kW EV chargers across its UK network, with the aim to install a total of 3,000 ultra-rapid 150kW and 350kW EV chargers at over 500 sites by the end of 2030. It says the proposed application forms part of this investment.
The statement added: “The application proposes the demolition of the existing sales building, canopy and fuel islands and the removal of the underground fuel tanks. The re-development of the site is proposed for the creation of a new EV charging hub with EV canopy and associated EV infrastructure/plant with new sales building, new jet wash facility, new car care facility and other associated works at Derby Service Station in Bury.
“The site is temporarily closed. The site has not, however, been decommissioned and could be reopened for continued petroleum sales as required.
“The site extends approximately 50m fronting Manchester Road and is currently laid out with four fuel pumps in 4-square configuration, an existing forecourt sales building and canopy. The single storey sales building is located west of the site with the canopy and pumps located in the centre of the site.
“Overall, the immediate surrounding area is mixed in character, comprising of commercial and industrial premises and residential uses fronting the site across Manchester Road.”
In reference to the shop, the plans laid out are to demolish the current 71 sqm sales building and replace with a larger building of 164 sqm in the same location.
The statement said the increase in size “will create an improved shopping environment and better facilities for customers. The existing shop on site is small – the larger shop will also include coffee to go facilities to the benefit of customers of the proposed EV charging hub. The new sales building will be single storey and will comprise a flat roof design to minimise its visual impact.”
The statement concluded: “The provision of electric vehicle charging points on site should be viewed positively, showing the site is evolving to meet the changing needs of motorists, and will assist in promoting the use of electric vehicles with associated environmental benefits.”