3:31 PM July 20, 2022
An electric vehicle charging zone could be set up at a petrol station in Lowestoft, provided the plans get the green light.
A scheme has been planned for the “creation of a charging zone” among other works at the Jubilee service station near the High Street, Lowestoft.
Plans centered around “removing the current twin-jet wash unit” at the service station with the creation of a charging area, installation of EV chargers, canopy, substation enclosure and “three jet wash bays and associated forecourt works” were filed with East Suffolk Council last month.
With CarneySweeney agents submitting plans on behalf of Motor Fuel Group, the program is currently “pending decision” with the council.
Comprised of seven electric vehicle (EV) charging points, a letter to the council from officers says: “Motor Fuel Group is the UK’s largest independent forecourt operator with over 900 sites offering a dual fuel strategy , convenient retail and “food to go”.
“For the above reasons, Motor Fuel Group is looking to roll out an extended offering of electric vehicle charging facilities at existing and new service stations across the UK to diversify their existing offering, with the aspiration to make recharging your vehicle as easy as possible refueling with petrol or diesel.
“Motor Fuel Group’s aspiration is to provide access to convenient and affordable charging, regardless of where the driver lives.”
He adds: “Motor Fuel Group’s proposal to install new electric vehicle charging points at the Jubilee service station should be viewed positively in light of the national context and the demand for the infrastructure needed to support the use. electric vehicles across the UK.
“The proposals will enhance the existing offering at the service station, without compromising the efficient operation of the facility.”
With the design of the proposed EV charging area “carefully planned to integrate positively with the existing service station operation”, he adds: “The charging facility offers a modern, clean design approach and fit for purpose”.
It concludes: “The EV charging proposals are seen as responding positively to the context of local and national planning policy and the wider UK aspiration to rapidly improve the EV charging network.
“There are no physical environmental or designation constraints that would preclude occupation of the site for the proposed use.”