Plans are being brought forward for a new petrol station, purpose-built employment space for local businesses and a new base for local motorcycle dealership ‘Destination Triumph’ on land at the junction of the A272 and A29 in Billingshurst.
The scheme has been carefully tailored to benefit local people and businesses, by providing much-needed new facilities on an appropriate scale in the best possible location. New jobs would be created across the site, with 15 in the petrol station, 30 at Destination Triumph and between 65 – 95 in the new business units.
The scheme is a joint proposal being brought forward by Billingshurst-based land owner Arunway, petrol station operator Forelle Estates and local motorcycle dealership Destination Triumph, which is already based in Horsham District.
The proposals would deliver: A 5-pump island Shell petrol station, including a small Budgens convenience store and Subway sandwich shop; 4,650sqm of flexible employment floorspace, designed to cater for the requirements of existing local businesses if they are looking to relocate within the village; A showroom and workshop for Destination Triumph motorcycle dealership, which would both be attractively designed to appear as agricultural barns.
There is a desire for a new petrol station in the village, which was shown by both local community responses to the recent Neighbourhood Plan consultation and responses to a consultation carried out last year, on behalf of Forelle Estates. The Forelle Estates consultation showed that 87% of respondents would like a new petrol station and 81% believed this site was a sensible location. The proposed site would serve both the A272 and the A29, especially benefitting those people travelling west out of the village as there are currently very few petrol station options.
New employment space is required in Billingshurst, as much of the existing stock is outdated and unsuited to modern requirements. The scheme includes purpose-built employment space to cater for the needs of local businesses, rather than providing space geared towards the wider region. These business units would provide opportunities for local business to relocate and expand, whilst remaining in the village.
The development team provided a presentation on the proposals to Billingshurst Parish Council on Wednesday 9th January and the plans were updated in response to comments received, with a new footpath added, the inclusion of additional landscape screening and further measures put in place to prioritise local businesses for the employment space. The development team is sending out around 3,800 information brochures to local residents in the village and expect the planning application to be submitted in early February.
John Mason, Managing Director of Forelle Estates, said: “We’re excited about the prospect of opening a new Shell petrol station in Billingshurst, as we understand local residents want improved choice. If planning permission is granted, we aim to have the new petrol station up and running by the end of the year”.
Richard Scripps, Director at Arunway Limited, said: “As Billingshurst-based land owners since the early 20th century, my family has a long association with the village and, whilst designing this scheme, we first and foremost sought to address the needs of the local community.
“These plans provide the right mix of uses, on the correct scale and in the best location, to support local businesses, generate new jobs and deliver a new petrol station for local people.”
For further information on the proposals, contact: Community representatives, DevComms, on 0800 080 3261 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.