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New to industry petrol filling station, West Sussex

Private Client

Secured planning permission for a petrol filling station on a greenfield site in rural West Sussex

Petrol filling station, East Sussex



Automotive & Roadside


Jason Lowes

Jason Lowes

The project

Planning permission was secured for a new to industry petrol filling station in rural West Sussex, on an undeveloped greenfield site within the designated countryside and opposite High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Part of the site was subject to previously dismissed planning appeal for a new petrol filling station.

The key driver for the client was to expand its business to meet the needs of motorist along this part of the strategic road network, which were currently not being met by existing roadside provision within the area.

Our solution

  • A background presentation about the scheme was delivered to the local parish council in order to promote the scheme and discuss the previous objections, which had culminated in the dismissal of the previous appeal
  • Responsible for managing the submission of the planning application, coordinating the team’s responses to statutory consultees, speaking at Planning Committee, and following up with the Planning Officer thereafter
  • Secured planning permission for a petrol filling station at the site, notwithstanding the previous appeal dismissal for similar development
  • Reviewed the previously dismissed appeal and relevant planning policies in order to identify favourable policy themes to make the case for the principle of development and to address the Inspector’s previous concerns for countryside and landscape impact
  • Provided technical work advising the client and team on securing a Needs Assessment to demonstrate that there was an evidenced need for a new petrol filling station in this location

Planning permission was subsequently secured with Rapleys continuing to assist the development process by overseeing the discharge of planning conditions on behalf of the client.

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