Bridgwater 'grot spot' could become supermarket petrol station

This is The West Country: Bridgwater 'grot spot' could become supermarket petrol station Bridgwater 'grot spot' could become supermarket petrol station

A ‘GROT spot’ in Bridgwater could become a supermarket petrol station if planners give the go-ahead.

Asda has applied for planning permission to transform the long-neglected former medical centre (pictured) on the opposite bank of the River Parrett at East Quay into a filling station.

The building was bought by Asda after the company opened its supermarket in the town in 2004.

The news comes after Bridgwater and District Civic Society awarded the site ‘Eyesore of the Month’.

Civic Society member John Stuckey said: “It has become a picture of total dereliction, used as a rubbish dump, outdoor urinal and late-night binge drinking spot. In other words, another Bridgwater eyesore.

“Grabbing land in this way, presumably to prevent competition from other developers, and then allowing it to decay, is an insult to our town.

“Long-term aspirations for Eastover are much welcomed but what is Sedgemoor District Council doing now to challenge owners and developers to respect the town by maintaining their property?”

Kerry Rickards, chief executive at Sedgemoor District Council, said Asda has been co-operating fully.

He added: “We have several of these ‘grot spots’ in Sedgemoor which are being addressed. We are frustrated with the very limited powers the council has to put pressure on landlords to sort out some of these buildings.

“If the Civic Society has ideas about what more we can do then we would love to hear suggestions.

“These eyesores are unacceptable but the most we can do, in most cases, is bring it to the attention of the landlord.”

He said as long as the building is secure and safe there is not much more the council can do.

An Asda spokesman said: “We are keen to ensure the redevelopment of the site and have recently submitted an application to build a new Asda petrol filling station.

“We are delighted to be able to bring further investment to Bridgwater and we are sure that local residents and customers will benefit from lower fuel prices if our plans go ahead.”

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2:44pm Wed 25 Jun 14

MartinB58 says...

Not good for Central Motor Co who I believe also sell fuel but won't be able to compete on price with Asda. I am sure there are also better things that could be done with the site rather than having another petrol station.
Not good for Central Motor Co who I believe also sell fuel but won't be able to compete on price with Asda. I am sure there are also better things that could be done with the site rather than having another petrol station. MartinB58
  • Score: -1

9:10am Thu 26 Jun 14

toallintentsandpurposes says...

This sight was bought 10 years ago and has been allowed to fall into unsightly dereliction because ASDA wish to demolish it to build a petrol station. This petrol station has already been refused Planning Consent SDC 08/12/00061 on 23 March 2012 because it failed 'to comply with Policy D2 and D17 of the Sedgemoor District Core Strategy as well as the objectives of the 'Bridgwater Vision' (Core Strategy Policy P1) which envisages high quality riverside development and public realm in this immediate area.' I would strongly encourage SDC to refuse this application again and, I refer Kerry Rickards to Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 - which gives local authorities the power to undertake remedial work to derelict properties and recover the costs. I wonder if he lives in Bridgwater? Perhaps the LA could locate a testicle and say NO to both the petrol station and continuing dereliction of the site? Just throwing that idea out there. It is a well used strategy in Bridgwater, for property owners to allow dereliction to get planning: Three Crowns, undoubtedly Penel Orlieu and now this. How about our historic town was given more respect with greater aspirations for maintenance and innovative design and a focus on supporting local businesses such as Central Motor Co. Furthermore, it seems rather stupid to spend millions on West Quay restoring the historic riverside vista only to build a grotty petrol station on the other side with a long queue of polluting vehicles for everyone to look at and inhale at their leisure. Try harder.
This sight was bought 10 years ago and has been allowed to fall into unsightly dereliction because ASDA wish to demolish it to build a petrol station. This petrol station has already been refused Planning Consent SDC 08/12/00061 on 23 March 2012 because it failed 'to comply with Policy D2 and D17 of the Sedgemoor District Core Strategy as well as the objectives of the 'Bridgwater Vision' (Core Strategy Policy P1) which envisages high quality riverside development and public realm in this immediate area.' I would strongly encourage SDC to refuse this application again and, I refer Kerry Rickards to Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 - which gives local authorities the power to undertake remedial work to derelict properties and recover the costs. I wonder if he lives in Bridgwater? Perhaps the LA could locate a testicle and say NO to both the petrol station and continuing dereliction of the site? Just throwing that idea out there. It is a well used strategy in Bridgwater, for property owners to allow dereliction to get planning: Three Crowns, undoubtedly Penel Orlieu and now this. How about our historic town was given more respect with greater aspirations for maintenance and innovative design and a focus on supporting local businesses such as Central Motor Co. Furthermore, it seems rather stupid to spend millions on West Quay restoring the historic riverside vista only to build a grotty petrol station on the other side with a long queue of polluting vehicles for everyone to look at and inhale at their leisure. Try harder. toallintentsandpurposes
  • Score: 13

9:47am Thu 26 Jun 14

awayswing says...

It is difficult to have much faith in planning permission applications.Over a year ago there was going to be a new hotel in Eastover,houses and shops on the Paragon Laundry site in Taunton Road,more recently the cattle market site in Bath Road was going to be developed into a large housing estate.There is no sign of the British Cellophane site being turned into accomodation for HPC builders.The ECO park at Durleigh Road seems to have stalled.The forementioned does not all rely on HPC being built.Bridgwater needs all these developments and SDC and SCC should ensure their fruition.
It is difficult to have much faith in planning permission applications.Over a year ago there was going to be a new hotel in Eastover,houses and shops on the Paragon Laundry site in Taunton Road,more recently the cattle market site in Bath Road was going to be developed into a large housing estate.There is no sign of the British Cellophane site being turned into accomodation for HPC builders.The ECO park at Durleigh Road seems to have stalled.The forementioned does not all rely on HPC being built.Bridgwater needs all these developments and SDC and SCC should ensure their fruition. awayswing
  • Score: 2

1:26pm Fri 27 Jun 14

swjoduk says...

MartinB58 wrote:
Not good for Central Motor Co who I believe also sell fuel but won't be able to compete on price with Asda. I am sure there are also better things that could be done with the site rather than having another petrol station.
If it was not that good for Central Motors why have they to date not logged an objection (according to the Sedgemoor planning website).

Their focus seems to be on MOTS's, repairs and servicing. Rarely have I seen people filling up there other than loyal customers. They do not even have a sign advertising the price of fuel.

The majority of people who shop in Asda do not fill up there so they would not be losing that trade.

If people look at the plans it is off Watson Lane, not Easy Quay so will not get as much passing traffic and the riverside will be screened from it by the redevelopment of the East Quay medical centre building with offices and retail.
[quote][p][bold]MartinB58[/bold] wrote: Not good for Central Motor Co who I believe also sell fuel but won't be able to compete on price with Asda. I am sure there are also better things that could be done with the site rather than having another petrol station.[/p][/quote]If it was not that good for Central Motors why have they to date not logged an objection (according to the Sedgemoor planning website). Their focus seems to be on MOTS's, repairs and servicing. Rarely have I seen people filling up there other than loyal customers. They do not even have a sign advertising the price of fuel. The majority of people who shop in Asda do not fill up there so they would not be losing that trade. If people look at the plans it is off Watson Lane, not Easy Quay so will not get as much passing traffic and the riverside will be screened from it by the redevelopment of the East Quay medical centre building with offices and retail. swjoduk
  • Score: 0

12:41am Sat 28 Jun 14

Theboss0127 says...

Its good to see people standing up for local businesses . There are many derelict fuel stations dotted around the town, bristol road , bath road , Monmouth street to mention a few. There are also still a few independent sites around that offer a valuable service to the community . If you allow Asda to build a fuel station on the site of the old East Quay medical centre you just put pressure on the sites that already exist . It's the independent sites that will suffer and ultimately close and the local community especially those on the outskirts of the town will loose a valuable amenity. Bridgwater has suffered badly over the last couple of decades . And a lot of the problems have been bad planning decisions. It would make more sense to pull down the old Medical centre and extend the car park which would really benefit the Eastover area.
Its good to see people standing up for local businesses . There are many derelict fuel stations dotted around the town, bristol road , bath road , Monmouth street to mention a few. There are also still a few independent sites around that offer a valuable service to the community . If you allow Asda to build a fuel station on the site of the old East Quay medical centre you just put pressure on the sites that already exist . It's the independent sites that will suffer and ultimately close and the local community especially those on the outskirts of the town will loose a valuable amenity. Bridgwater has suffered badly over the last couple of decades . And a lot of the problems have been bad planning decisions. It would make more sense to pull down the old Medical centre and extend the car park which would really benefit the Eastover area. Theboss0127
  • Score: 1

6:45pm Tue 1 Jul 14

jimeee says...

Asda have already added to the towns demise and now they want to inflict further misery. The site was not (rightly) suitable before for a petrol station before, so whats changed now...?
Asda have already added to the towns demise and now they want to inflict further misery. The site was not (rightly) suitable before for a petrol station before, so whats changed now...? jimeee
  • Score: 2

8:45am Fri 11 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

awayswing wrote:
It is difficult to have much faith in planning permission applications.Over a year ago there was going to be a new hotel in Eastover,houses and shops on the Paragon Laundry site in Taunton Road,more recently the cattle market site in Bath Road was going to be developed into a large housing estate.There is no sign of the British Cellophane site being turned into accomodation for HPC builders.The ECO park at Durleigh Road seems to have stalled.The forementioned does not all rely on HPC being built.Bridgwater needs all these developments and SDC and SCC should ensure their fruition.
What you fail to understand, is that any Developer, that obtains Planning permission has up to 5 years, in which to Start the Project. This involves for many the need to obtain financing from within, or going to Banks etc to get the Necessary finance. Just like Tesco's find themselves, despite being granted Permission, they obviously are now re- looking at their Northgate site, with their downturn in Profits and the emergence of Lidl's & Aldi taking Market share from them and also Sainsbury 's.
Personally, my view is that they will re-submit an Application to amend their Permission to a normal Store as against the Proposed ' Extra' Unit as granted @ present.
[quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: It is difficult to have much faith in planning permission applications.Over a year ago there was going to be a new hotel in Eastover,houses and shops on the Paragon Laundry site in Taunton Road,more recently the cattle market site in Bath Road was going to be developed into a large housing estate.There is no sign of the British Cellophane site being turned into accomodation for HPC builders.The ECO park at Durleigh Road seems to have stalled.The forementioned does not all rely on HPC being built.Bridgwater needs all these developments and SDC and SCC should ensure their fruition.[/p][/quote]What you fail to understand, is that any Developer, that obtains Planning permission has up to 5 years, in which to Start the Project. This involves for many the need to obtain financing from within, or going to Banks etc to get the Necessary finance. Just like Tesco's find themselves, despite being granted Permission, they obviously are now re- looking at their Northgate site, with their downturn in Profits and the emergence of Lidl's & Aldi taking Market share from them and also Sainsbury 's. Personally, my view is that they will re-submit an Application to amend their Permission to a normal Store as against the Proposed ' Extra' Unit as granted @ present. Blue Owl
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Fri 11 Jul 14

GettingrichfromHinkley says...

MartinB58 wrote:
Not good for Central Motor Co who I believe also sell fuel but won't be able to compete on price with Asda. I am sure there are also better things that could be done with the site rather than having another petrol station.
Nobody gets petrol from here it is more expensive. 300 yards away is Sainsbury's, people go here, not Central Motor Company. ASDA will not affect this. It will help drive down prices which is good, but the site like most petrol stations is too small for a petrol station.
[quote][p][bold]MartinB58[/bold] wrote: Not good for Central Motor Co who I believe also sell fuel but won't be able to compete on price with Asda. I am sure there are also better things that could be done with the site rather than having another petrol station.[/p][/quote]Nobody gets petrol from here it is more expensive. 300 yards away is Sainsbury's, people go here, not Central Motor Company. ASDA will not affect this. It will help drive down prices which is good, but the site like most petrol stations is too small for a petrol station. GettingrichfromHinkley
  • Score: 0

9:06am Wed 16 Jul 14

awayswing says...

Blue Owl wrote:
awayswing wrote:
It is difficult to have much faith in planning permission applications.Over a year ago there was going to be a new hotel in Eastover,houses and shops on the Paragon Laundry site in Taunton Road,more recently the cattle market site in Bath Road was going to be developed into a large housing estate.There is no sign of the British Cellophane site being turned into accomodation for HPC builders.The ECO park at Durleigh Road seems to have stalled.The forementioned does not all rely on HPC being built.Bridgwater needs all these developments and SDC and SCC should ensure their fruition.
What you fail to understand, is that any Developer, that obtains Planning permission has up to 5 years, in which to Start the Project. This involves for many the need to obtain financing from within, or going to Banks etc to get the Necessary finance. Just like Tesco's find themselves, despite being granted Permission, they obviously are now re- looking at their Northgate site, with their downturn in Profits and the emergence of Lidl's & Aldi taking Market share from them and also Sainsbury 's.
Personally, my view is that they will re-submit an Application to amend their Permission to a normal Store as against the Proposed ' Extra' Unit as granted @ present.
It is perfectly logical,and businesslike,to make sure the finances are in place before applying for planning permission.The only reason I can think of not to do this would be to deny somebody else the opportunity to apply.As for Tesco's you are saying what I said months ago.Furthermore if Tesco's wish to downgrade their plans there should be some sort of censure on them,and anybody else doing this, for misleading everybody.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: It is difficult to have much faith in planning permission applications.Over a year ago there was going to be a new hotel in Eastover,houses and shops on the Paragon Laundry site in Taunton Road,more recently the cattle market site in Bath Road was going to be developed into a large housing estate.There is no sign of the British Cellophane site being turned into accomodation for HPC builders.The ECO park at Durleigh Road seems to have stalled.The forementioned does not all rely on HPC being built.Bridgwater needs all these developments and SDC and SCC should ensure their fruition.[/p][/quote]What you fail to understand, is that any Developer, that obtains Planning permission has up to 5 years, in which to Start the Project. This involves for many the need to obtain financing from within, or going to Banks etc to get the Necessary finance. Just like Tesco's find themselves, despite being granted Permission, they obviously are now re- looking at their Northgate site, with their downturn in Profits and the emergence of Lidl's & Aldi taking Market share from them and also Sainsbury 's. Personally, my view is that they will re-submit an Application to amend their Permission to a normal Store as against the Proposed ' Extra' Unit as granted @ present.[/p][/quote]It is perfectly logical,and businesslike,to make sure the finances are in place before applying for planning permission.The only reason I can think of not to do this would be to deny somebody else the opportunity to apply.As for Tesco's you are saying what I said months ago.Furthermore if Tesco's wish to downgrade their plans there should be some sort of censure on them,and anybody else doing this, for misleading everybody. awayswing
  • Score: 0

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