Councillor Colin Cross led opposition to the proposed expansion of the BP station on the A3's northbound carriageway,telling亚博娱乐亚博娱乐客户端下载Guildford Borough Council'splanning committee on Wednesday (June 19) that it would be "lit up like a Christmas tree" and clearly visible from the nearby Ripley Conservation Area during the winter months.
The proposals would see the existing single-storey shop demolished and replaced by a two-storey building almost 3m higher than the existing one.The actual petrol pumps would remain in place,though the plans also allow for additional parking spaces.
Cllr Cross,of Residents for 亚博娱乐亚博娱乐客户端下载Guildford and Villages,said: "The size increases are far from nominal.The single-storey building currently is to increase to a two-storey building and be something in the region of a 60% increase in the current height.
"The actual floor area will increase 240% in the building itself,which in both cases are quite massive figures in my opinion."
He was supported by Cllr Susan Parker,of 亚博娱乐亚博娱乐客户端下载Guildford Greenbelt Group,who said the design was "totally inappropriate for the green belt" and looked "like a 1970s block"
"I think we should be chucking this back at the applicant and saying produce something that is more in keeping with our area," she said.
Cllr Cross added: "The screening is only with deciduous trees which from 4pm on a winter night will offer no screening at all and the lights there will be lit up like a Christmas tree.
"The building will be visible to the conservation area and the village in general."
However,committee chairman and Tory councillor Marsha Moseley said she welcomed the proposal,adding it was important to encourage drivers to stop when they needed to.
She said: "I think we should encourage a decent service station on the A3.I think the next one is miles off,probably somewhere around the M25,and we should be encouraging people to stop and take a break when they're driving,and if the service stations aren't up to scratch then they're not going to stop and that's a danger in itself."
The next services on the A3 northboundare 3.5miles away,or six minutes' drive,at the former San Domenico restaurant,wherea drive-through Starbucks opened in mid-2018.Owners Euro Garages is building a full service station with petrol pumps and a shop.
Nine councillors voted in favour of the proposals,subject to the condition that charging points for electric cars are provided by the rebuilt service station,with four voting against.