End of queues at filling stations?

The site of a proposed service station,hotel and restaurant on the A43 at Brackley.'110630M-B047
The site of a proposed service station,hotel and restaurant on the A43 at Brackley.'110630M-B047

QUEUES at Brackley petrol stations could be come a thing of the past after a plans for new road side service area emerged.

The plan for the four acre site on the A43 bypass, between the Buckingham Road and the Tesco round about includes a filling station, restaurant and a lodge.

Agents for the developers have said the site could create a large number of jobs.

David Walpole of David Walpole Associates said: “In particular they will be the type of service jobs which are often taken up by younger people.

“But it would be very much down to the operators, there will be a combination of part time and full time roles, so we can’t give exact numbers, but in the region of 40 to 50 jobs could be created through out his development.”

Mr Walpole said the construction of road side service stations is led by the Highways Agency (HA) which had produced a report to say the A43 has a ‘substandard’ provision of service stations.

Mr Walpole added: “This is not a speculative development put forward by some local land owners. This is based on the HA having produced a detailed report in 2009 and the land owners responding to the need.

“It not like a housing development, without a need being identified the HA have the power to instruct the local authority to refuse permission.”

Neil Jacobs, vice chairman of Backley Means Business said he tries to fill up in the evening to avoid day time queues at the town’s two existing petrol stations.

He said: “If I’ve got to go somewhere I don’t want to be waiting in a queue for petrol. So to be honest I don’t have a problem with it.”

“Anything which attracts jobs is good. It needs to be balanced, you would want a sludge plant in the middle of town, so as long as its not 400 feet high and not a blot on the landscape I wouldn’t have a problem with it.”

Mr Jacob said in addition to jobs and the shorter forecourt queues he also welcomed the impact the development might have on the town’s other businesses.

He said: “The filling station will be competition for Tesco and BP who seemed to charge what they like. And we only have one hotel in the town, having another will mean more people staying in the town using the other businesses.”

Mr Jacobs also hoped the lodge could include conference ad meeting room facilities which he said the town lacks.

No objections have been received from those who prepared a road safety audit, ecology and archaeology reports.

A decision on the major outline planning application will be decided by South Northants Council in due course.