October 9, 2019 12.55 pm This story is over 26 months old

Market Deeping petrol station and M&S plans revisited

Council officers say the plans will boost the local economy

Plans for a new petrol station, including a Marks and Spencers store and cafe, are back before South Kesteven District councillors next week after being parked over safety concerns.

The proposals, by BP Oil UK, would see the 24-hour station built on the A15/A1175 roundabout near Market Deeping.

Staff at South Kesteven District Council’s economic growth and regeneration company Invest SK have previously praised the plans for potentially keeping people spending in the area rather than going to Peterborough.

They said: “Presently anyone commuting across this part of the district will most likely make use of petrol filling stations in the Peterborough area rather than make the diversion into Market Deeping centre.

“It is therefore a positive of this application that more spend can be retained in the district through provision of an additional filling station.”

How the new site would be laid out.

However, when the plans went before councillors in June, they were deferred for more information on “road safety matters and speed issues with particular reference to footpath and pedestrian access”.

On Wednesday, the authority’s planning committee will hear how the applicant has conducted new surveys and met with officials to ensure their designs are suitable and that pedestrian access is safe.

Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department has also confirmed it has not changed its view “that the scheme as a whole is satisfactory”.

The store will be operated by Marks and Spencer Food while the cafe would come under Wild Bean Cafe.

The applicants say 25 jobs will be created.

The station will accommodate eight vehicles at anyone time and will provide 24 parking spaces.

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