A new service station with the potential to create 100 jobs could be built from the A1 in West Yorkshire if newly submitted plans are given the green light.
Welcome Break Services, supported by Axis, have submitted a draft planning application to Wakefield Council for development on greenbelt land east of the A1 (southbound) at Darrington, near Pontefract.
Planning permission is requested for the redevelopment of an existing service station and surrounding plot of land.
The proposed Darrington Trunk Road service area would include a 12,400 square foot amenity building with hot and cold food offerings, a shop, fuel meter and full wellness facilities.
A separate cafe with drive-thru would also be created
The plans provide parking for 138 cars (six accessibility spaces), 58 heavy goods vehicles, five coaches, two caravans, ten motorcycles and one exceptional load vehicle, as well as ten charging stations for electric vehicles. Separate refueling areas for cars and heavy goods vehicles would be provided.
An existing metal footbridge spanning the A1 would be demolished.
It was estimated that the development would create approximately 100 jobs (full-time equivalent).
A planning statement submitted as part of the application stated: “There is a clear, demonstrable and significant need for the program to deliver safety and welfare benefits to users of the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in accordance to national politics.
He added that “the economic benefits of the proposal should be given substantial positive weight”.
The existing BP-branded service station is owned by Applegreen, the majority shareholder of Welcome Break, and also incorporates a Costa Express.
Applegreen has over 472 service stations, employing 10,700 people in the UK, Ireland and the US.