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Industrial units and builder’s merchants approved for derelict former petrol storage site in Colwick

Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee have approved the plans for the former Total site, on Road Number 3 of the Colwick Industrial Estate.


A derelict former petrol storage site in Colwick will be turned into 13 new industrial units and a builder’s merchants.

Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee have approved the plans for the former Total site, on Road Number 3 of the Colwick Industrial Estate.

The former petrol site has been vacant since 2019 and the main part of the building has since been demolished.

Total Fuel Site
PHOTO: Gedling Eye

Existing boardings across the front of the site have been vandalised with graffiti but now developers have been given permission to rejuvenate the land.

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The plans were lodged by national developer Chancerygate, which occupied the site in November 2021 and said “hundreds of jobs” could be created.

The company said at the time that, overall, the wider scheme has an estimated value of about £20m.

The Labour-run council confirmed in planning documents it will negotiate an agreement to ensure some construction jobs go to the local workforce.

The site will see five blocks of units created, with four to be shared across the 13 industrial units.

The fifth will be specifically for the builder’s merchants, which will be occupied by supplier Travis Perkins.

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The authority’s planning committee approved the plans during its meeting on Wednesday (January 11).

Mark Garrity, Chancerygate’s development director, spoke in the meeting to outline the benefits of its plans.

He said: “This development will provide important, new employment opportunities within the borough.

“The site will regenerate and renew a redundant parcel of land within an industrial area.

“It will deliver 13 industrial and logistics units, including six trade counters and a builder’s merchants intended to be occupied by Travis Perkins.

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“Overall, a total of 9,377 square metres of new floor space is proposed across the site, including a range of unit sizes and types.”

He told the committee all units and the builder’s merchants will benefit from electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

Planning documents say 73 parking spaces will be provided for the industrial units, including 14 EV bays and 13 disabled bays.

A further 32 spaces will be provided for the builder’s merchants, including five EV bays and one disabled bay.

The units will also include 14 lorry parking spaces alongside a further three lorry bays for the builder’s merchants.

The parking – including the EV ports – was welcomed by one councillor who also praised the regeneration of the site.

Cllr Mike Adams (Con), who represents Trent Valley, said: “I welcome the application, the EV charging and a decent lining of vegetation along the site.

“I’m also incredibly happy to see us using an industrial site to put industrial things on and to build on existing grey space brownfield sites.

“It’s welcome in this area, specifically in our industrial zone.”

Cllr Meredith Lawrence (Lab), who represents Colwick, added: “I’ve got pleasure in moving this application.

“It’s in my ward and the area has been vacant for some time.

“Anything that brings jobs into the area – and hopefully, local jobs – [is welcome].

“It’s good that the area can sustain and give people choice.”

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  1. Really? Why not have a cinema complex this side of the city eh? Some nice restaurants maybe? Bowling or the like? Something to pull in folk and where they can have a pleasant evening. Like we need more industrial units. Thought we’d just built a heap further back behind Aldi?


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