A31 service station at Winterborne Zelston being redeveloped

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A previously derelict petrol station on the A31 is being redeveloped to house a new petrol station and retail space, including an Asda and vape store.

The new Red Post service station currently under construction along the A31 in Winterborne Zelston will host an Asda micro store with a Greggs, a Leon cafe and a Totally Wicked vape shop after more than three years since the previous site closed.

Euro Garages received permission from Dorset Council last year to demolish the existing bandstand, restaurant and forecourt to build the new 250m² facility – which will replace a former BP service station, Londis store and Little restaurant Chief.

A separate cafe with drive-thru is also being built. It is not yet known who will occupy this space.

service station and restaurant on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston seen in 2017. Image: Google” alt=”Bournemouth Echo: The old service station and restaurant on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston seen in 2017. Image: Google” class=”editor-image”/>The old service station and restaurant on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston seen in 2017. Image: Google

Approved plans include a “new forecourt, underground fuel tanks, canopy, car and bicycle parking, landscaping and a sales building including a store, office, [toilets] and convenience store with auxiliary food counter.

The number of parking spaces on the site will decrease from 26 to 20 due to the modifications. This, along with potential 24-hour trading hours, has raised concerns from some neighbors and the parish council.

Lower Winterborne Parish Council previously said that while the redevelopment of the disused site was welcomed, it was “extremely concerned about the round-the-clock nature of the proposal” as well as noise and light pollution.

Bournemouth Echo: design plans for new Red Post services on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston.  Photo: Euro GaragesDesign plans for new Red Post services on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston. Photo: Euro Garages

Despite more than a year of planning, some residents are still worried about the new station.

Site neighbor Allan Winter said: ‘During the initial planning application we raised the issue of the lights, which in the past had been used to illuminate the car park at the rear of the building. These lights shone directly into our room.

“When we attended parish council we were assured that this would no longer be the case yet here we are with a plethora of neon signs which will be on 24 hours a day. What arrangements will be made to prevent light pollution from affecting us, as well as the other residents of Winterborne Zelston who, at the present time, is free from this pollution?”

Construction has been underway since last November and is expected to be completed this summer.

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