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


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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.”

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