More details before 24-hour petrol decision
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.