Wisbech store puts in petrol station plans

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A derelict building could soon be making way for a petrol station under new plans.

Asda wants to install a four-pump petrol station with jet wash at its store in Leverington Road, Wisbech.

GV of The Asda store in Wisbech, showing the exit road from the store ANL-160327-122209009

GV of The Asda store in Wisbech, showing the exit road from the store ANL-160327-122209009

Plans for the petrol station and to demolish a derelict building on the south side were lodged with Fenland District Council last week.

But calls have been made to move the petrol station to another part of the site over concerns about traffic.

Access to the petrol station will be on the western end of the forecourt.

Ward member Cllr David Oliver feels it is going to be dangerous to have people turning left and right around the new petrol station.

He said: “I don’t think it is in the right place. It is at the front of the car park and having seen the layout I don’t think it is quite right.

“I think there are going to be problems with traffic.

“I have no objection to Asda putting in a car park and getting rid of that building but I don’t think it has been thought out as well it could be.

“I will be making comments on this when it goes to planning.”

Asda wants to install a canopy over the forecourt but are not constructing any buildings.

It is also proposed to install two underground storage tanks, each with a capacity of 75,000 litres.

The application states that the management of the petrol station will be undertaken at the store and the canopy will be of a simple design.

The plans also include a proposal to extend the car park in order to make up for the loss of spaces taken by the filling station.

A covering statement with the application says the proposal will improve the general appearance of the area.

The statement adds: “The development of the site for a petrol filling station will fulfil the requirements of Asda to complement the neighbouring supermarket with a petrol sales offer, thus meeting customer demands in the area.”

The application also states that the development would not impact on Wisbech General Cemetery.