Leaking 1,000 litres of fuel into water table won’t matter, says Ludlow petrol station developer

The backer of a proposed petrol station on the junction of Bromfield Road and Coronation Avenue has submitted a new report to support their case for underground petrol tanks. In a submission published last week, the developer’s adviser says that due to the design of the proposed underground petrol tanks, “the maximum volume that could be foreseeably lost would be limited to less than 1,000 litres of fuel.” The adviser says this “would impact the aquifer in the immediate proximity to the tanks only.”

I doubt this judgement. Oil and petroleum seep insidiously. The Corve is just 60 metres away and the Teme site of special scientific interest within half a kilometre.[1] We need a second petrol station in Ludlow but not at the expense of our water supply and the delicate ecology of our river systems. Fifty petrol tanks of fuel leaked straight into the water table is never going to be good news.

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Ludlow’s second petrol filling is at last coming – it will be cheaper and could open by October

There are two major complaints about petrol and diesel in Ludlow. The Co-op is expensive and motorists have to suffer long queues. Now, Applegreen is coming to Bromfield Road in Ludlow. The petrol station and store could be open by October.

This could not be better timed given the chaos caused by the Co-op suddenly reducing its opening hours.

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Environment Agency says “No” to below ground petrol tanks above aquifer on Bromfield Road

The Environment Agency has stated in no uncertain terms that it objects to plans to sink petrol storage tanks at the proposed garage on the junction of Bromfield Road and Coronation Avenue. In its objection, the agency says: “We would question the need for the design change which could, ultimately, increase the risk to groundwater.” That’s exactly the objection the rest of us have been making.

The proposal breaks national and local planning rules, and conflicts with Environment Agency guidance. It should be thrown out and the developer should get on with developing this site.

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Bid to put petrol storage tanks underground at proposed Bromfield Road store is betrayal of trust

In May 2015, the South Planning Committee approved a new store and petrol station on the corner of Bromfield Road and Coronation Avenue.

I had previously objected to this application but changed my mind after the developer went the extra mile to make the development work on this sensitive site. I asked the planning committee to approve the application rather than risk losing on appeal.

Now the developer, Mead House Pension Scheme, has applied to build the petrol storage tanks below ground.

I feel betrayed.

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At last Ludlow is to get a second petrol station

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. Continue reading “At last Ludlow is to get a second petrol station”