Work is finally set to begin on a new £1m petrol station and shop in Oakham which will bring 20 new jobs to the town.
The development next to the roundabout on the Oakham bypass features a new BP garage with a Marks & Spencer Simply Food Outlet, and is part of the Oakham Heights scheme.
The green light for building work was given in April 2012. However, the developer BBE Corby Ltd wanted to wait until the first phase of the 1,100-home estate had been built before it started the petrol station. This phase comprised 143 houses.
The site is being cleared for the development and BP hopes to have the station open by the end of August.
A BP spokesman said: “We are delighted to offer the motorists and residents in the Oakham area our BP Marks & Spencer Simply Food offer as well as the usual quality fuel.
“We have more than 176 such stores now in the UK and the Oakham store is one of many we hope to open this year.
“We are pleased also to be able to create some 20 full and part-time jobs for the local community.”
The petrol station will also include a car wash and jet wash.
A Marks & Spencer spokesman said: “We’re looking forward to bringing our Simply Food offer to the residents of Oakham.”
Discount food retailer Aldi is also hoping to build a 15,000 sq ft supermarket on an area of land near the petrol station. It has not yet submitted plans.
A planning application was submitted to Rutland County Council in April. Sainsbury’s has started clearing the land at the former Rutland County College site in Barleythorpe Road to build its new 50,000 sq ft store.
Pub chain Marston’s has confirmed it is likely to start work on a new venue as part of the Oakham Heights development in the next year, two-and-a-half years after it was granted planning approval.
Developer Larkfleet was given permission for a 60-bed hotel at the same time.
The company has said it is still looking for a partner for the development before work commences.