Plans for much-needed fuel station

PORTISHEAD motorists could soon have their prayers answered after plans for a second petrol station in the town were submitted.

Currently, drivers are forced to queue to fill-up at the Waitrose garage, regularly causing tailbacks in the town centre. When the Cabstand facility is closed, people have to drive out of town for fuel.

However, a petrol station has now been incorporated into proposals for a new furniture store development at Gordano Gate off Wyndham Way.

Furniture retailer Arthur Llewellyn Jenkins has submitted the plans for the site, which is opposite the area for a proposed new Sainsbury’s supermarket.

In 2009, the company received permission from North Somerset Council to build an 80,000sqft furniture store on the site but it has now changed its proposals

The latest planning application is for the creation of a 45,000sqft furniture store as well as a 10,000sqft retail unit and a petrol filling station. The car park and garage would be accessed off Serbert Way.

If this is approved, a more detailed application will have to be submitted, giving more information about its design, appearance and the materials to be used.

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Nevertheless, the company is confident it will create an attractive development.

The design and access statement submitted to the council as part of the application said: “The site fronts on to the main road into Portishead and is considered to be a key gateway site.

“It is proposed the Arthur Llewellyn Jenkins should create an attractive and striking building at this prominent position.”