More de­tails be­fore 24-hour petrol de­ci­sion

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

More in­for­ma­tion is be­ing sought on trans­port and pol­lu­tion de­tails be­fore plans for a new 24-hour petrol fill­ing sta­tion and drive-through cof­fee shop near Raploch are de­cided.

Euro Garages Ltd want to de­velop a site north of the A84 at junc­tion 10 of the M9 on land at Kildean Busi­ness Park, near the High­land Gate pub and res­tau­rant.

The com­pany op­er­ate more than 180 fill­ing sta­tion sites across the coun­try and also have a fran­chise to pro­vide cof­fee shops on some of their sites.

Stir­ling Coun­cil’s plan­ning panel re­cently de­ferred a de­ci­sion on the com­pany’s ap­pli­ca­tion to al­low in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from the ap­pli­cant’s trans­port con­sults to be made avail­able to in­ter­ested par­ties and for in­for­ma­tion around pol­lu­tion is­sues to be con­firmed.

The ap­pli­ca­tion site cov­ers 0.84 hectares (2.09 acres) and is next to the ac­cess to the 39-acres busi­ness park. The park’s mas­ter­plan in­cludes a va­ri­ety of of­fice build­ings rang­ing in size from small busi­ness units to be­spoke large head­quar­ters.

In­vest in Stir­ling and the Stir­ling De­vel­op­ment Agency are over­see­ing the wider site, phase one of which re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion in 2009 with sub­se­quent ap­provals for res­tau­rant and ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion in re­cent years. To the north east of the pro­posed fill­ing sta­tion there is an area of new build­ing hous­ing and nearby the High­land Gate res­tau­rant.

Two ob­jec­tions have been sub­mit­ted to the ap­pli­ca­tion on the grounds that there are no ameni­ties for new res­i­dents at Kildean, with the pro­posal tar­geted at pass­ing mo­torists. The im­pact on roads, neg­a­tive im­pact on air qual­ity, noise and po­ten­tial harm to ground wa­ter and the River Forth have also been raised.

Coun­cil plan­ners, how­ever, who are rec­om­mend­ing con­di­tional ap­proval of the ap­pli­ca­tion, say the petrol fill­ing sta­tion could pro­vide a lim­ited re­tail fa­cil­ity for res­i­dents, that roads im­pact anal­y­sis will be forth­com­ing and the im­pact on the River Forth as a spe­cial pro­tec­tion area is to be de­ter­mined through fi­nal con­sul­ta­tion with Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage.

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