BRIDGWATER NEWS: Subway sandwich plans for Greenway Garage at Wembdon

BRIDGWATER NEWS: Subway sandwich plans for Greenway Garage at Wembdon

PLANS have been unveiled for the complete redevelopment of the Greenway Garage site on the outskirts of Bridgwater – including the introduction of a Subway sandwich outlet.

Proposals have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council by Forelle Estates Ltd for the garage on Quantock Road at Wembdon to include a new petrol filling station along with other retail facilities.

A spokesman for the applicants said: “The site currently accommodates a petrol filling station with associated retail facilities and a disused vehicle repair workshop. All elements of the facility are out-dated, inefficient and dilapidated.

“The proposal seeks demolition across the site and redevelopment with a replacement petrol filling station comprising four pump islands, along with an automatic car wash and jet was facility.

“The proposal also provides 23 parking spaces with two disabled parking bays.”

A report which has accompanied the planning application to the council says there would also be a general shop including console for people to pay for petrol and other items, a Subway sandwich franchise outlet and a “back of house” area.BRIDGWATER NEWS: Subway sandwich plans for Greenway Garage at Wembdon

PHOTO - TOP: The Greenway Garage at Quantock Road in Wembdon could soon be home to a Subway sandwich outlet as part of a complete redevelopment of the site

The spokesman for the applicants said that the Greenway Garage will need to be “operating as efficiently as possible with enhanced ancillary facilities more suited to the demand that will be created” by the ongoing work going on with the building of Hinkley Point C.

The proposed development is expected to deliver more than 20 new jobs for the area.

A previous application for the complete development of the site was refused by the council back in 2015 due to a lack of information to demonstrate suitable and safe access to and from the garage.

The applicants have said that they have overcome that reason for refusal and a full transport assessment has been provided with the revised plans.

The spokesman said: “The retail facility and sandwich franchise are both vital to create a viable development package in order to secure the redevelopment of the site, the investment and the jobs. Replacement of the facility on a like-for-like basis would not be viable.

“In terms of social sustainability the principal benefit is the creation of jobs – these are jobs for local people who will spend their wages in the local economy.

“Furthermore, the proposed development would provide an important service for passing motorists and nearby residents - the number of which may increase significantly over the coming years.”

The earliest any decision will be made on the application is not expected until September 11, 2017, while the council has already received a number of favourable comments about the plans from people living near to the garage.