Plans have been submitted to demolish the Shell Blackdown service station sales building on the Maresfield by-pass and build a new one.
The existing canopy top would also be replaced and additional customer parking would be provided.
A design and access statement submitted with the planning application to Wealden Council says the fuel dispensing infrastructure of the forecourt was upgraded in 2012 and the “dated” shop environment now needs upgrading and modernising.
The new sales building would be inline with the existing one but bigger, increasing the merchandising layout and allowing more space between the aisles. Internal storage facilities would also be improved.
There would be ten customer parking bays – there are three at the moment – including a disabled bay and electric charging bays.
The statement says: “The existing main forecourt canopy will be removed and a new modern canopy top to be installed to provide better weather safety to customers within the fuel dispensing area.
“Removal of the canopy link to the existing sales building will create a less enclosed and a more open forecourt.”
Access to, and exit from, the site would’t change
The statement continues: “The proposal not only sustains the current facility but also provides good circulation on the forecourt as well as within the new sales building.
“The proposed sales building will have improved storage and staff facilities along with toilet facilities to accommodate Disability Discrimination Act compliance.”