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Plans for new industrial estate on former petrol storage depot site

A new builders’ merchants and 13 industrial units could be built on a former petrol storage hub in Colwick.

Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee will decide on plans this week for the former Total site, on Road Number 3 in the Colwick Industrial Estate.

The proposals are being submitted by Chancerygate, which acquired the derelict land in November 2021, and says hundreds of jobs could follow.

The 6.35-acre site has been unused since 2019 and the main building has since been demolished.

Now the developer is close to giving the land a new lease of life with plans for the 13 units and the merchants recommended for approval by council officers.

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If councillors do give the plans the go-ahead on Wednesday (January 11), it could make way for 137,852 square feet of industrial space and the creation of “hundreds of jobs”.

Planning papers reveal the development would include five blocks of commercial buildings, with four blocks to be divided into individual industrial units.

The fifth block would be for the builders’ merchants and all units would continue to be accessed from the existing entry points off Road Number 3.

The applicant is also proposing 73 parking spaces for the industrial units and 14 lorry parking spaces.

Fourteen of the 73 spaces will be fitted for electric vehicle charging, and 13 disabled bays will also be provided.

A further 32 spaces will be provided for the builders’ merchants, including five electric charging bays and one disabled bay, alongside three lorry bays.

The authority adds that it will seek a local labour agreement for the construction, helping to boost local industry and create more jobs.

In papers, the authority’s planning department said: “The application site is within an established industrial estate and will enhance the employment use on offer.

“The built form would respect the character of the area and amenity of adjacent users.

“Highway safety would be respected and parking provision is considered to be acceptable.”

Confirming its acquisition of the land in November 2021, Chancerygate said the wider scheme has an estimated value of about £20m.

Mark Garrity, the company’s development director, said at the time:  “We’re very pleased to have secured this development opportunity in a prime industrial area of Nottingham.

“Colwick is an up-and-coming area of the city benefitting from extensive redevelopment and regeneration.

“The delivery of this site has the potential to create hundreds of jobs in the local area.”

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