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Plans for drive-through coffee shop and filling station

Plans have been submitted to build a new fuel filling station and drive-through coffee shop on the site of the former Kelleythorpe farm shop on the outskirts of Driffield.

The site, which holds historical interest, as it is recorded as the location of a deserted medieval village, is an existing redundant farmstead, comprising a range of agricultural buildings of varying age, size and design.

The planning application made by Sunderlandwick Estate seeks full planning permission for the new fuel-filling station which will cater for electric vehicles with plans for six electric vehicle charging points, in addition to eight fuel pumps.

Future provision is also being made for the implementation of hydrogen fuel pumps at a later stage.
In addition, the application also seeks approval for plans for a single storey visitor centre and café.

It is anticipated that this space will be used to host educational classes, to promote the significance of the River Hull Headwater SSSI, with access to the headwaters via boardwalks.

Full planning permission is also being sought for the change of use of the existing U-shaped agricultural building, to provide five separate commercial units.

It is proposed that access to the site will be from a new arm from the existing Kelleythorpe roundabout.
The application also seeks outline planning permission for the erection of a drive-through restaurant to the north of the site.

The planning statement, prepared on behalf of Sunderlandwick Estate by the agent DPP, states many existing service stations are no longer suitable for electric vehicle owners on long distance routes.

The statement reads: “There is ample land to allow large numbers of vehicles to be parked up whilst charging and the inclusion of a drive-thru restaurant, and additional café / visitor centre, will help meet the needs of motorists whilst they wait for their vehicle to charge and allow them to take a break from driving, thereby improving road safety.

“Further, the walking route through the SSSI will also allow visitors to stretch their legs, should they wish, again allowing drivers to take a break from driving.

“Without these facilities, it is likely that the needs of electric vehicle owners, doing long distance journeys, would simply not be met.”

However, due to the potential archaeological interest in the site, it has been recommended that further surveys of the site be carried out before development takes place.

An archaeology and heritage assessment carried out in 2021 by MAP Archaeological Practice Ltd states that a deserted medieval village is recorded as being present within the proposed development area, although it added that it is likely that Kelleythorpe was “nothing more than a hamlet.”

The report recommended that a geophysical survey be carried out across the arable portion of the site, which measures approximately 0.8ha. This would allow for a more accurate assessment of the archaeological potential of the site to be made and would allow for a reasoned decision to be made regarding any further archaeological work.

It also recommended that a Level 2 building survey be carried out prior to any development or demolition.

The planning statement by the agent added that provision has been made for the retention of buildings with potential historical significance where possible.

“… the public benefits of the scheme providing essential services and facilities and education and tourism benefits, as well as retaining and preserving those buildings of merit, whilst at the same time providing new employment opportunities far outweighs the small degree of harm that will be caused to the historic environment. In fact, the proposed development presents the only likely means of ensuring the buildings do not fall into further disrepair.”

Details of the plans can be found on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website’s planning portal by searching the reference 22/02539/STPLF 

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