Plans for petrol station on outskirts of Beverley are approved by councillors

Developers are in final discussions with potential operators for a petrol station, convenience store and business units near Beverley after councillors approved the plans.

The site off Killingwoldgraves Lane which will be developed for a petrol station, convenience store and employment units

Lovel Capital Projects were given permission on Monday to develop the former factory site on Killingwoldgraves Lane, despite concerns it will impact on nearby village shops.

Managing director Philip Lovel said the petrol station operator was "keen to proceed" on the 4.2 acre site, off the Killingwoldgraves roundabout, on the A1079, west of Beverley.

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He said the shop and four business units, ranging in size from 1,600 sq ft to 11,500 sq ft, could create a number of new jobs.

The site was formerly home toTeckno Developments, a wallpaper and fabric pattern books manufacturer which was destroyed by fire in 2009

He added: “People have tried and failed to secure planning permission for residential development of the site in the past and we felt this was a great opportunity to deliver a high quality roadside development.

"It will meet the need for a petrol station to serve the surrounding villages and motorists using the A1079 and it will provide business units with the potential to bring new jobs to the area."

In November, East Riding councillors voted against plans for a petrol station and store on a greenfield site, 175 yards away. Developers BP Oil are appealing.

The site was formerly home to Teckno Developments, a wallpaper and fabric pattern books manufacturer which was destroyed by fire in 2009.

Teckno has since relocated to Waterside Road in Beverley.

In a report to councillors, planning officers acknowledged the lack of petrol stations to the north and west of Beverley, and said they did not believe the convenience store would have a "significant detrimental" effect on shops in surrounding villages.

They said Lovel's proposals were "more appropriate" than the plans for the greenfield site, which were rejected last year.