Work to start on new petrol station in Market Deeping after planning inspector overturns South Kesteven District Council's refusal of application
Work will start on a new petrol station in Market Deeping next year after Government planning inspectors approved the plans.
Twenty five jobs will be created by the Lindum development on land near the A15/A1175 roundabout at Market Deeping.
But the decision was appealed and this week, the Planning Inspectorate ruled that it could go ahead.
Inspector Susan Hunt said there was no evidence to suggest there wasn’t a need for the services. She also said the development would not usurp Market Deeping as the area’s primary shopping destination.
In her statement, she said the one petrol station in Market Deeping was “away from any main through routes”.
She added: “Whilst it would serve a local need, the evidence indicates that it is unlikely to adequately accommodate the needs of longer distance traffic which bypasses the Deepings (HGVs in particular).
“There is no evidence before me which would lead me to conclude that there is not a justified need for a new roadside service area in this location which would primarily serve passing traffic including HGVs.
“Its size, format, and distance from existing residential properties would largely discourage the retail space from being a destination in its own right.”
Inspector Hunt also said the proposed development would not be out of context with its surroundings.
“It would inevitably result in a significant new element of built development in the open countryside and an irrevocable change to the rural character and appearance of the area. Notwithstanding this, it is not within an area of countryside which is devoid of urban features,” she said.
“The landscape sensitivity is reduced by the proximity of the appeal site to the settlement of Market Deeping and the surrounding roads and sizeable five-arm roundabout with associated lighting and signage.”
Lindum development manager Mitul Shah said: “We are really pleased the planning inspector has supported BP’s plans and we strongly believe this will be a welcome addition to the road network in south Lincolnshire,” he said.
“It will create jobs and will make a positive contribution to the local economy.
“In addition, the proposed location means traffic from the nearby industrial estate will have no need to venture in and out of town for fuel or essentials.”