Petrol station plan unveiled for Oakham

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A DEVELOPER has submitted an outline planning application for a petrol station.

Hawksmead, which is building 1,100 homes in Oakham over the next 15 years, has submitted the application for land on the corner of Lands’ End Way and Burley Park Road to Rutland County Council.

It is on the site where a planning application was submitted for a Sainsbury’s supermarket. The plans were rejected by the council a year ago.

This week Hawksmead confirmed that Sainsbury’s had officially pulled out of the plans and it would not be appealing the decision despite strong support for the supermarket in the town.

One popular aspect of the rejected plan was a new petrol station in the town.

As a result Hawksmead has decided to plan a petrol station on a fifth of the original site to meet demand.

Planning director for Oakham North Richard Edwards said: “The petrol station aspect of the Sainsbury’s plan was very popular.

“People in the town want more choice of petrol providers in Oakham and with 1,100 new homes being built there will be an increased demand for it.

“We have applied for outline planning permission in the hope that we will then be able to find a partner to help us build it.”

The application submitted is for six petrol pumps, a kiosk and a car wash.

It would create about six to 10 jobs and would be built on land that has been allocated in the local plan for employment use. The overall site would be 200 sq m.

Mr Edwards said: “It is a much smaller piece of land now.

“We have designed the access so that the balance of the land can also be used for offices and other employment uses.”

Hawksmead is still looking for a partner for a 60-room hotel which it wants to be built off Burley Park Way.

Outline planning permission for the hotel and full planning permission for a Marston’s pub were granted by the council in November.

The pub company has said it would like to start building straight away and hopes to be open by the summer.

Mr Edwards said: “We are currently laying the foundations for an access road to the pub from Lands’ End Way.

“We are also doing preliminary work for phase one of the Oakham North development off Stable Yard which we also hope to start in the spring.

“I would hope that by the summer we will have a show home open and the development will be on its way to being completed by the end of the year.”

To view the planning applications for the petrol station, the hotel, the pub or phase one visit