Posted: Mon 18th Dec 2017

Redeveloped Connah’s Quay petrol station and new ‘drive – thru’ bakery could create up to 25 jobs

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Dec 18th, 2017

The redevelopment of a Connah’s Quay petrol station and the addition of a ‘drive – thru’ bakery could create up to 25 jobs.

Plans have been lodged to demolish the Esso petrol station on Church Road next to the Halfway House pub, replacing it with an updated filling station, convenience store and ‘drive- thru’ bakery.

Euro Garages, a Blackburn based operator with over 330 petrol stations across the UK including one on Deeside Industrial Estate have applied to Flintshire County Council for planning permission to develop the petrol station which the company says will create up to 25 new jobs.

According to plans the existing Esso filling station and store will be demolished and replaced with a re-branded filling station and a new 377sq.m single storey retail unit which ‘will provide a range of convenience goods’ there will be a separate bakery within the store which will have a ‘drive-thru’ element.

Plans show the ‘drive-thru’ element will have an access road a service hatch, and 12 car parking spaces to serve non-drive thru customers.’

Proposals for the site include the demolition of the existing building and pumps and the creation of a new petrol filling station and shop with a ‘drive thru’. 12 parking bays will be located where the demolished Spar store was, a new store will be built on the opposite end of the forecourt with an access road stretching around the rear. 

The new store will also have a seating area, toilets, written documents don’t reveal which brands will be present at the new development, an image within the application shows Spar and Starbucks branding present, the service station already has a Spar shop.

The proposed ‘drive-thru’ will sell freshly prepared baked products sandwiches, cakes, and pastries; ‘Some of this food is reheated or microwaved, but there is no fresh cooking on the premises.’ according to planning documents.

Euro Garages operate 67 ‘drive-to’ and ‘drive-thru’ coffee shops and restaurants in the UK, they also operate 200 fast food restaurants and 100 bakeries and have partnered with Starbucks, Burger King, Subway, Spar and Greggs.

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Planning documents supporting the application state; ‘Permitting the proposal is likely to result in around 25 new jobs for local people, a far greater number than what is generated by the existing filling station.’

‘The site has long been in commercial use as a filling station with ancillary convenience store attracting vehicular and pedestrian comings and goings at all times of the day and evening. As such, nearby residential occupiers have long been accustomed to customer vehicular comings and goings to and from the site and it operates without any known detriment to residential amenity.’

‘It has clearly been demonstrated that the replacement filling station and new store will replace dated provision and result in further consumer choice, significant job creation for local people and enhancements to the site in the form of a new, modern canopy of materials which match the surrounding built form and new areas of tree planting and landscaping.’ Documents state.

A consultation period has opened on the proposals and can be commented on until 4 January 2018: More here

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