Welcome Break has applied for planning permission to redevelop a filling station as a trunk road service area on the A1 near Pontefract.
The site, which is owned by Welcome Break’s majority shareholder Applegreen, currently contains an existing BP filling station with eight car pumps and two separate HGV pumps with associated convenience store and Costa Express outlet. The filling station is supported by a car parking and storage area to the rear of the convenience store.
The proposed development would involve new access and egress off / to the A1, and an amenity building with a maximum internal floorspace of up to 1,156sq m, which would have hot and cold food offers, a shop, the fuel counter and full welfare facilities including WCs and showers. It would also have a drive-thru window linking to one of the hot food offers and facilities for the sole use of HGV drivers
In addition there would be a separate drive-thru coffee shop with a maximum floorspace of up to 215sq m, separate filling stations for car / light vehicle and HGVs and parking for:
- 138 cars (including six accessibility spaces);
- 10 electric vehicle (EV) charging bays;
- 58 HGVs;
- 5 coaches;
- 2 car & caravans (1 accessibility space);
- 10 motorcycles; and
- 1 abnormal load.
The car and light goods vehicles (LGV) forecourt would be located to the north of the amenity building and would comprise six pump islands providing 12 filling points, located beneath a freestanding canopy with a maximum height of about 6m.
A separate HGV forecourt would be located to the northeast of the car / LGV forecourt and would comprise two fuel pump islands providing four filling points, located beneath a freestanding canopy with a maximum height of about 6.5m.
A sub-station is proposed in the south-western corner of the site and would be housed within a single storey glass reinforced plastic (GRP), or similar, structure, and the electric vehicle charging infrastructure would be located next to the sub-station to the south of the amenity building.
A design and access statement with the application concludes: “There are not considered to be any unresolved matters which would hinder the granting of planning permission.”