Asda’s Dunstable petrol station bid will fuel debate

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The prospect of Asda being allowed to introduce a 24/7 petrol station by its store in Dunstable town centre is likely to fuel a debate when it’s discussed next week.

The supermarket wishes to sacrifice 28 spaces of the Court Drive car park for a three pump facility with forecourt canopy and control room.

But the idea has been frowned upon by planning officers at Central Beds Council who are recommending that councillors block the idea when it comes before next Wednesday’s (June 29) development control committee.

They say it would be “harmful to the visual amenity of a prominent town centre location and incompatible with the street scene”.

They also point out there has been insufficient information about the impact on the road network, noise for neighbouring properties, and the protection of controlled waters from potential pollutants.

Dunstable Town Council has said it “strongly objects” to the application due to visual impact on the area which includes the adjacent Green Flag award-winning Grove House Gardens.

Its statement reads: “Much has been done to improve the visual amenity of this area with attractive high quality landscape planting some of which will be lost as a result of the development.

“It is further considered that the canopy, blast wall, venting pipes and PFS control room will be a blight on the street scene.

“Despite the mitigation contained in the application relating to loss of parking and additional traffic flow members are of the view that the proposal will likely increase congestion at peak periods and increase the need for additional HGVs using Court Drive.”