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Anger over new petrol station plans for Wadebridge

Anger over new petrol station plans for Wadebridge

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 24th April 2018. (Updated at 6:46am 24th April 2018)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to build a petrol station next to a Wadebridge supermarket have been strongly criticised by a parish council which says it could lead to a local filling station losing business.

A planning application for a filling station to be added to the Tesco store in the town is due to go before Cornwall Council’s east sub-area planning committee next week and has been recommended for approval.

Under the plans a four-pump station would be built next to the supermarket with 24-hour pay-at-pump cashless pumps being made available.

If approved the plans would mean the loss of 41 parking spaces for the supermarket.

However the plans have drawn strong comments from local councillor Stephen Rushworth and St Breock Parish Council.

Mr Rushworth said he was concerned about the speed of traffic in the area and has suggested that a 30mph zone should be extended. He has supported objections from the parish council but said he would withdraw them if the applicant would pay for a traffic regulation order to extend the 30mph zone.

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St Breock Parish Council said it had unanimously objected to the application and has stated several grounds for doing so.

It highlights that supermarkets will “undercut” other filling stations and said that the existing filling station at Tregonnings Garage would be affected. However a planning officer has highlighted that this cannot be used as a reason to refuse planning permission.

The parish council has also objected on the grounds that traffic will increase in the area and over the loss of parking spaces at the Tesco store.

It states: “The provision of a cut-price fuel outlet, without some form of road management system, will, in the parish council’s opinion, increase traffic beyond safe levels and, at the very least, will cause extensive inconvenience to existing users.

“The parish council is an elected body, we have received objections from
parishioners on this subject. The Parish Council does not believe that Multi-National companies should receive a rubber stamp on the basis that Cornwall Council is not in the financial position to take these applications to appeal.”

The planning application is due to go before the planning committee next Monday (April 30th).

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