Plans lodged for new car repairs garage on edge of Cumbrian town
Last updated at 12:07, Wednesday, 27 August 2014
A businessman whose Cockermouth garage was destroyed by fire wants to open a new facility on the outskirts of town.
Robin Benn and his wife Julie were distraught when their business P&R Benn Filling Station, known locally as the Fairfield garage, burned to the ground around 18 months ago.
However, they have now embarked on a new venture and have lodged plans for a garage, offering MOTs, servicing, maintenance and repairs at Lakeland Livestock Centre, just off the A66 roundabout.
It would also have a quad bike sales and service section, vehicle hire and a jet wash for public use.
Following the fire in February 2013, Mr Benn submitted plans to build a new service station in its place. However, last November he pulled the scheme saying the plans were not financially viable.
Speaking at the time, Mr Benn said if they did rebuild the service station, it would not make enough money to be worthwhile.
“It is not a decision we have taken lightly but with new legislation coming in, talks with Gulf, and the need for planning consent we have chosen to go in a new direction,” he added.
The fire, which ripped through the shop, forecourt, storage and workshop areas, was caused by a fault with a pressure washer which then mixed with some fuel.
The new proposal which he has now brought to the table, will see the new build on a 19,590sq ft site behind Goodfellow Tyres and next to Mitchell’s auction mart.
Mr Benn, of The Mount in Cockermouth, fully reopened his workshop on the old Fairfield site in Station Road nine months ago, and it is not known whether he is moving from his existing workshop.
First published at 12:02, Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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