Drive-thru coffee and fast food plan for Preston petrol station

Posted on - 23rd August, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, Lea, Preston News
The Lea Gate filling station is in line for a major redevelopment Pic: Google
The Lea Gate filling station is in line for a major redevelopment Pic: Google

A petrol station on the western edge of Preston is set for a major revamp.


Lea Gate service station in Blackpool Road has seen plans lodged to expand its shop and add two drive-thrus.

A drive-thru coffee shop and a drive-thru fast food restaurant are both included in the proposals – although which chains are coming is being kept a secret.

Walker Designs outlined the £1.4million proposals for the site opposite the Lea Gate pub.

Three of the petrol pumps would be relocated to allow for the expanded shop.

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The Docklands Motor Company site to the south of the petrol station is to be demolished to make way for the drive-thrus.

Previous plans for the site, dating back to 1999, show how it has long been earmarked for development for a drive-thru restaurant.

An OK Diner building used to be on the site.

In 2002 planning permission was granted to build a 32-bed hotel on the site, but this came to nothing.

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A statement from the architects says: “It is considered that the proposed development will provide for motorists needs in this location and will improve the visual aspect of the open countryside by replacing unsightly uses with more appropriate uses. It will also provide employment opportunities and would not harm existing retail centres. It is therefore considered that this development is appropriate in this location and should be allowed.”

You can view the full plans on the Preston City Council website and comments on the planning application can be left there.

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