Asda has been granted permission to build a new forecourt in Wolverhampton. According to the Midlands Express and Star, the superstore giant had initially wanted to knock down a pub next to its shop in Molineux Way and turn it into a petrol station. But those plans were refused.
Instead Asda then submitted for plans to reconfigure its car park and erect a “fully automated petrol filling station including fuel storage tanks, associated pipework, overhead canopy, forecourt surfacing, air and water unit and dual jet wash facility”. There will be four pumps providing eight filling positions.
However, Asda’s bid to build a forecourt at its Hinckley store has been refused by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.
The Hinckley Times reported that Asda’s plans to demolish two homes on the boundary of its car park and then build a three pump, six-bay, 24-hour fully automated fuelling forecourt with single tyre and water pump have been thrown out.
The councillors’ objections were said to be due to concerns about noise and disturbance to nearby properties, highway safety, lighting and the impact on the character of the area.
The Hinckley Times reported that some 110 people signed an in-store petition supporting the application, saying it would offer motorists more choice and keep petrol prices down. But a separate petition opposing the application gained 206 signatures and 36 letters of objection.
Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s has applied to build a four-pump, manned filling station at its Tadley, Hampshire branch. The superstore is at Mulfords Hill but the forecourt application follows the demolition of a building in the adjacent Silchester Road.