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Forecourt operators Euro Garages have applied for planning permission for four new food units on Barrow Brook Business Park. (s)

Forecourt operators Euro Garages have applied for planning permission for four new food units on Barrow Brook Business Park. (s)

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A planning application for a proposed development of four new food retail food outlets has been lodged with Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The application, made by leading forecourt operator Euro Garages, is for two drive through units and two static food units with associated parking for 76 cars and landscaping works at Barrow Brook Business Park.

If the application is successful, it could see the creation of 25 jobs.

Euro Garages, based in Blackburn, are the fastest growing forecourt operators in the UK, working mainly with the Subway, Greggs, Burger King and Starbucks brands.

Formal pre-application discussions with planning officers were undertaken regarding the proposals prior to the application being submitted.

In their application conclusion, planning agent for Euro Garages PWA Planning said: “It has been demonstrated that the proposed development of two drive through units and two food units, including the provision of car parking and significant landscaping, represents an entirely appropriate form of development within the Barrow Brook Business Village and should be welcomed and supported.

“The works would result in the re-use of a vacant site and secure a long-term, active use, which will significantly contribute to the local economy.

“The scheme is supported by a suite of technical reports and other evidence which clearly demonstrate that there would be no harmful impacts resulting from the proposed development or to the proposed development and hence there is no reason that planning permission ought not to be granted.”

A spokesman for Euro Garages told the Clitheroe Advertiser that the names of the food retailers who would occupy the proposed new development could not yet be confirmed, but said: “All the brands we work closely with are involved in the discussions.”