PLANS for a 425 square metre expansion to a garage in the heart of Washford has been approved.

Brendon Service Station in Washford has been part of the village since the 1960’s but no longer sells fuel, now primarily selling cars and offering repairs.

The new proposal is to create a new fully-equipped service, repair and MOT centre with a new access road which will give access from A39.

The current site is restricted by what it can offer to its customers due to its size.

“The amount of stock that can be sold at any one time is limited as well as the type of work that can be carried out in the garage itself by its employees.

"Currently the garage does not have enough space to carry out MOT’s internally. The garage is successful, however, it has reached a point where work is turned away, delayed, or outsourced due to size.”

The plans were approved at West Somerset District Council's planning committee meeting on Thursday, February 7.

For the most part the plans were supported by the local community, as the proposals for the garage expansion received 24 letters of support compared to nine objections.

To view the full application go the planning section of the West Somerset Council website and search application number 3/26/17/027.