Plans for a new filling station and two drive thru restaurants at Scotch Corner are set to be approved, although council officers say there is no certainty the designer village being built opposite will ever be completed.
North Yorkshire councillors will be recommended to give the go-ahead to the services scheme when they meet next Thursday.
Scotch Corner Richmond LLP, the firm behind the designer outlet village at Scotch Corner, submitted the application to build a petrol station, with a 372sq m shop and two restaurants on the former Dalesway Lodge motel and restaurant site.
No companies to operate the drive thru restaurants have yet been identified, although the developers say they would expect the sites to be of interest to national companies.
Documents submitted with the application state that the facility would complement the “existing limited facilities” at Moto Scotch Corner, saying the development would “play a key supporting role in complementing the Designer Outlet Village and forthcoming garden centre, which, together, will create a modern and attractive new destination retail and leisure facility”.
In their report, council officers confirm the scheme would complement the new shopping complex at Scotch Corner.
However, officers point out that there is no certainty yet that the development will ever open.
The report to councillors stated: “The aforementioned development are not sufficiently progressed to provide certainty they will come forward and therefore it is recommended to only attach modest weight to this aspect.”
The opening date for the shopping complex has been repeatedly put back by the developers, with the latest statement saying it will open in September 2024.
However, work appeared to stop at the site in the summer.
It was due to restart in August, although it is not clear if this happened with local residents commenting that not progress was being made.
The application is the latest plan for additional services and fast food restaurants in the Richmondshire area.
Roadchef has already had its plans for a new motorway service (MSA) area at the Catterick junction approved, while Moto has also drawn up plans to create a new MSA by combining services at its Scotch Corner and Barton facilities.