Petrol plan closer

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

PLANS have now gone in to put a petrol sta­tion on the site of the Bram­bles Farm Ho­tel – and it could cre­ate 30 jobs.

Ear­lier this month, plan­ners lodged an in­ten­tion to de­mol­ish the build­ing, which is passed by thou­sands of com­muters ev­ery day on the busy junc­tion of Cargo Fleet Lane and the Trunk Road, in Mid­dles­brough.

Now a full plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted for the petrol sta­tion that could re­place it.

It says the “fairly un­usual” pub build­ing would be pulled down, and re­placed with a Euro Garage four pump fill­ing sta­tion and shop.

That will be ac­cessed by en­trances off Cargo Fleet Lane and the Trunk Road it says.

A re­port, pro­duced by PWA plan­ning, said: “The pro­pos­als in­clude a por­tion of land­scap­ing which is pre­dom­i­nantly lo­cated along the site’s bound­aries and which will in turn help soften the im­pact of built devel­op­ment on the site within its sur­round­ings and will gen­er­ally cre­ate a much ‘greener’ site than is presently the case.

“The pro­posed scheme...will de­liver sub­stan­tial eco­nomic ben­e­fits to this ur­ban area of Mid­dles­brough.”

The plan­ning state­ment says up to 30 new jobs could be cre­ated.

The once-boom­ing boozer was snapped up in De­cem­ber for the full £250,000 ask­ing price.

It had been hoped that the site would con­tinue to be used as a pub, and a Mid­dles­brough man at­tempted to raise £350,000 to re­store it to its for­mer glory.

Paul Har­land had of­fered in­vestors up to £1.50 bar credit for ev­ery pound they sank into the venue.

On a GoFundMe page, the wouldbe land­lord promised to re­fur­bish the “shabby” boozer which he claims has mem­o­ries for thou­sands of for­mer pun­ters – but his bid failed.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion recog­nises the af­fec­tion for­mer drinkers have for the pub, but said: “Whilst we ac­knowl- edge the so­cial and her­itage value placed on Bram­bles Farm Ho­tel by the lo­cal com­mu­nity, we be­lieve that the pro­posed devel­op­ment will de­liver over­rid­ing so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits that should be wel­comed and will gen­er­ally en­sure a much more vis­ually at­trac­tive and invit­ing space for lo­cal res­i­dents and those trav­el­ling to Mid­dles­brough for work or leisure.

“And in­deed it has been proven that there is suf­fi­cient sup­ply of other com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties within the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity.”

Mid­dles­brough Coun­cil will now con­sider the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The Bram­bles Farm derelict public house at the cor­ner of Long­lands Road and Cargo Fleet Lane

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