Environmentalists have expressed exasperation as another plan to build a fuel services and drive-through restaurant area beside the A1(M) in Richmondshire emerged.
Scotch Corner Richmond LLP, the firm behind plans to build a designer outlet village and the UK’s largest garden centre at Scotch Corner, has lodged an application with Richmondshire District Council to build a petrol station, with a 372sq m shop and two restaurants on the former Dalesway Lodge motel and restaurant site.
The proposals come as the authority is yet to determine Roadchef’s £57m planned Motorway Service Area, featuring 8,912 square metres of restaurant and cafe floorspace, one junction south at Catterick.
The Catterick proposal has drawn consternation in some quarters given that there are already established service stations beside the motorway at Leeming Bar and also at Scotch Corner, which is on the other side of the Scotch Corner roundabout junction.
Moto last year submitted plans to upgrade the motorway services at Scotch Corner and Barton.
The council’s officers have previously stated when considering the Catterick scheme those fuel and restaurant facilities have to be discounted as neither are officially designated Motorway Rest Areas.
In documents submitted to the authority, agents for Scotch Corner Richmond LLP said their scheme would lead to the high-quality redevelopment of a “prominent but unsightly and derelict site”.
The papers state: “The site is a perfect one for the proposed uses. The presence of a significant highway junction on a major route between the north-east and Scotland, the south and west to Cumbria via A66 is an obvious fit.
“The nearest petrol filling stations are at the Scotch Corner services on the opposite side of the A1(M) and a filling station a little over 1 km to the south on A6055.”
The developers said the proposed fuel services area was expected to draw a substantial proportion of its trade from customers of their large-scale developments, and would “help to support their role in attracting and retaining retail and leisure expenditure in the Richmondshire District”.
However, the papers also claim the extra fuel services area would provide “important new facilities for road users, to complement the existing
limited facilities at Moto Scotch Corner” and helping to reduce the outflow of expenditure to destinations further afield.
Deputy leader of The Green Party and Independent Group on the authority, Councillor Leslie Rowe, said: “Given that Richmondshire District Council and North Yorkshire County Council both have targets to reduce CO2 emissions in Richmondshire, it is of concern that there are now three proposals to build or expand fuel filling stations along the A1 in Richmondshire.
“I cannot comment on the merits or otherwise of each scheme, suffice it to say that if Richmondshire wants to meet its target of net zero emissions by 2035, then this is at odds with building any new petrol filling stations in the district.”