Work is under way on a new £1m BP forecourt and M&S Simply Food outlet in Oakham, Rutland, which is set to open this autumn.

According to The Rutland Times, the development got the go ahead back in 2012 but the developer BBE Corby Ltd wanted to wait until the first phase of a new 1,100-house estate had been built.

A BP spokesman said: “We are delighted to offer the motorists and residents in the Oakham area our BP Marks & Spencer Simply Food offer as well as the usual quality fuel. We have more than 176 such stores now in the UK and the Oakham store is one of many we hope to open this year.”

The development will create 20 full- and part-time jobs.

The forecourt will include a car wash and jet wash.