Busy petrol station on edge of Northampton set to be DEMOLISHED and CLOSED for SIX months as part of redevelopment works

Work is set to start at the site on Monday (May 16), according to a shop worker

By Logan MacLeod
Thursday, 12th May 2022, 9:18 am

A busy petrol station on the edge of Northampton is set to be DEMOLISHED to make way for a brand new one.

The Shell garage on the A4500 between Harpole and Kislingbury will be demolished on Monday (May 16) as part of redevelopment works to the site, according to one of its shop workers.

The site will be closed for around six months while the work takes place, according to a Shell spokeswoman.

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The Shell petrol station on the A4500 near Harpole is set to be demolished and refurbished

The spokeswoman said: “From next week this site is closed for circa 24 weeks as the Shell select shop is being rebuilt.”

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) approved plans back in November which will see the demolition of the shop, forecourt, canopy and removal of underground tanks and each replaced with brand new ones.

There will also be an increase of shop area, reconfiguration of the car park layout, reconfiguration of the fuel pumps, amendments to the forecourt canopy, addition of two cycle parking spaces, addition of tree planting, addition of a cash machine and the addition of a new path to the east of the site, according to planning papers.

A WNC spokesman said: "The facilities proposed already exist albeit the proposed replacement shop is larger than the existing. The proposed scale is now more in line with modern filling stations and is more practical and user friendly."

Staff at the shop are reportedly temporarily being moved to the Shell garage in Far Cotton, according to one shop worker.