Developers say petrol station development at derelict site in Farnborough will be of benefit to the local area, residents and businesses
A new petrol station to be run by Morrisons in Farnborough will turn a derelict site into one developers say will meet local needs and support nearby businesses.
Plans for a petrol station, complete with a kiosk, car wash and parking for 41 cars and 32 bicycles, to be built in Aldrin Place, off Summit Avenue, were submitted to Rushmoor Borough Council earlier this month.
The plans include a pedestrian walkway to the Southwood Local Centre and a single-storey commercial building on the north side of the site to accommodate up to six occupants, potentially eateries or a veterinary clinic.
The 10,800sqm brownfield site opposite the Morrisons supermarket is vacant after the offices that once stood there were demolished last April when no interest had been shown in the two-storey building that had been empty for a number of years.
The triangular shape of the site was stated as one downside to the plans, as it could be restrictive to development, as well as the fact Summit Avenue is a designated green corridor.
However, the fact that a site in such a prominent location has been disused for more than a year made it important to deliver a quality development, the applicant argued.
A supporting statement on behalf of developer Summerbrook, said: “The site, at present, offers no employment opportunities or economic benefits and has not done so for a considerable period of time."
It added: “The proposal will deliver the positive regeneration of the application site, which represents an excellent opportunity for redevelopment to secure social, economic and environmental benefits for the local area.
“The proposal will add to the economic base of the borough and create new employment opportunities in this part of Farnborough.”
The plans state that the petrol station would be open from 5am to midnight daily.
The application comes a week after BMW announced it was to move its UK sales and marketing divisions, including 1,200 employees, from Bracknell and Hook, into the former Nokia office block also in Summit Avenue.
A spokesman for Summerbrook said: “The scheme will provide a much-needed degree of amenity and suchlike of value to the business and residential community, not least the new BMW facility.”
Only two responses have been submitted by members of the public so far – one neutral and one in support describing the proposals as a "sensible and exciting use of a derelict plot".
Councillor Sue Carter, who represents Cove and Southwood, said: “At present I haven’t had any objections. I will be looking out for how it will affect residents. I’m sure the petrol station will be handy for people coming into the borough.”
She pointed out that there was already a veterinary surgery in Cove but said it was "early days" in terms of analysing how a new facility would impact on this.
Representations can be made to the council on the application until August 29 and a decision is expected in November.