New gas station, shop and hot food bar next to industrial estate awaiting approval – Armagh I



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A new £ 500,000 gas station – complete with store and associated services – is to be recommended for approval to Craigavon.

Development – who Armagh I first revealed in December 2019 – has been assigned to a site at the corner of Carn Road and Charlestown Road.

The request was submitted on behalf of Ennismore Pension Fund.

Now planners must recommend that development be allowed to continue.

This is the recommendation that will be presented at the May meeting of the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon ​​Borough Council Planning Committee.

The designated site is currently described as “overgrown grasslands”.

As Armagh I reported at the time, plans include a 10-slot gas station – under a high canopy – and retail and service facilities.

The retail store would span over 270 square meters and the development will also include a hot bar and cafe, lounge area and restrooms.

There will also be staff facilities on site.

A total of 22 parking spaces – for heavy goods vehicles and cars – and associated sites are part of the overall proposals.

According to a planning statement submitted with the proposals, there is a real need for such development in the region.

He says: “The proposed gas station has the potential to create local jobs that might not otherwise be generated.

“The gas station, its associated store, hot food bar and lounge area will also benefit commuters and existing employees of surrounding businesses by providing an alternative in terms of refueling, purchasing everyday consumer goods, access to hot dishes without having to move. eastbound on the M1 or travel to downtown Craigavon, Portadown and Lurgan.

The main target of the clientele is the workers of the region.

The planning statement says it “will provide a choice for daily convenience shopping for the 12,599 active people in the Carn industrial zone.”

And it is planned to open every day until midnight to “accommodate many shift workers employed in the industrial zone”.

No objections were raised during the public consultation.

Clarifications were sought and provided to the Department of Infrastructure with respect to some of the elements of the plans, which were estimated by Construction Information Services at a cost of around £ 500,000. A building permit has already been granted.

The town planning officials of the council, after having studied the opinions of the statutory agencies consulted, believe that the arguments in favor of such development in the region have been made.

This will be the recommendation that goes to the May Planning Committee meeting but, as always, it will be up to councilors to decide whether or not to accept this advice.

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