BP Oil wins appeal against refusal of petrol station near Beverley

The saga over a new petrol station to the west of Beverley has taken a new twist after BP Oil won an appeal against a council's refusal of planning permission.

BP Oil's plans for a petrol station would be to the NE of the roundabout, directly off the A1174. Lovel's plans are for the former factory site on Killingwoldgraves Lane.

Last November East Riding councillors rejected the oil giant’s plans for the station and retail store on a greenfield site at the Killingwoldgraves roundabout near Bishop Burton as a blight on the countryside.

BP Oil’s plan includes an M&S Simply Food, selling ready meals, groceries and alcohol, as well as a Wild Bean Cafe serving self-service coffee.

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Concerns were raised over the impact on village shops at Bishop Burton, Cherry Burton and Walkington, with Bishop Burton parish councillors concerned it would have a particular impact on the village shop’s lunchtime trade from students at Bishop Burton College.

But planning inspector Matthew Birkinshaw has now ruled that the development would not obstruct “any key views to, or from the town”.

And Mr Birkinshaw did not believe the development, 1.1 miles from Bishop Burton would “fundamentally undermine” the local shop.

He said reference had been made to a similar scheme in Crondall, Hampshire, where the village shop closed less than a year after an M&S Simply Food outlet opened nearby. But he said: “There is nothing to suggest that the circumstances are similar to the situation before me.”

It comes after councillors approved plans for Lovel Capital Projects to develop the former factory site on nearby Killingwoldgraves Lane for a petrol station, convenience store and business units in July.

In his report Mr Birkinshaw said only outline planning permission had been granted and no operator had yet been confirmed. He concluded: “As a result the recently approved scheme does not justify dismissing the appeal proposals.”

Neither BP Oil or Lovel Capital Projects wanted to comment, although it is understood Lovel is progressing with the project.