Laceby Lodge Services lodges plan to go 24/7 to meet ‘customer demand and feedback’
4th December 2017
THE owner of the new service station at Laceby Crossroads is seeking permission to open 24/7.
AF Blakemore and Son Ltd has applied to North East Lincolnshire Council to vary trading hours, currently set between 6am and 11pm, at the £3 million Laceby Lodge Services.
In a statement submitted to the local authority, Julian Sutton of JMS Planning & Development, said: “The need for extended hours of operation arises from customer demand and feedback.
“Since the site opened in August 2016 it has traded well and the site has been well utilised early in the morning and late at night, indicating demand beyond the current opening hours.”
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Flagging up the strategic nature of the routes it serves as part of Lincolnshire’s road network – sitting on the A18 and A46 junction – the consultant highlights a demand, with out-of-hours services only available directly at Barnetby Top and Fairfield Industrial Estate, Louth.
“There are some 30 miles between facilities that operate on a 24 hour basis,” Mr Sutton said. “The extended open hours of this facility will offer a valuable additional service opportunity on the A18 and extend choice for travellers ensuring the safety and welfare of highway network users throughout the night.”
He added: “The extended hours of operation will increase the employment opportunities on the site which in turn will contribute to the local economy.”
AF Blakemore is not seeking to change delivery conditions, for either petrol or goods, also currently limited to 6am to 11pm.
A “low adverse noise impact” has been assessed on the nearby residential community.
Laceby Lodge features a Shell filling station, Spar supermarket, which AF Blakemore trades as, as well as Subway, Greggs and Insomnia Coffee outlets. It was built by Scunthorpe’s GS Kelsey Construction on the site of a former Little Chef restaurant, which had been derelict for nearly 20 years, creating more than 40 jobs.
News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com