Since the Shell garage on Temeside closed a few years ago, Ludlow has had only one petrol station in the town. That has led to long queues for fuel at the Co-op on Foldgate Lane (formerly Harry Tuffins). This is about to change. Yesterday the South Planning Committee approved plans for a petrol station and convenience store on the corner of Bromfield Road and Coronation Avenue.
The petrol station could be open 24 hours if the retailer wishes to do so. The maximum store opening hours will be from 6am to midnight. There are conditions in place that will allow 24 hour opening providing the retailer puts in place a management plan to ensure there is no night time disturbance.
Yesterday I urged the planning committee to approve the proposal, which I think has been considerably improved while in the planning system – though I wish that process could have been quicker. During the two years the application has been considered, we have reduced the height of the store, got robust fuel tanks which are mostly above ground, and gained funding for safe pedestrian crossings.
There is no start date yet for work beginning on the site or for the opening of the store and petrol station. There is no news either whether the store will be a Harry Tuffins or another brand.