Although it’s already been in operation for over four months, permission is being to continue using a site in East Cowes for oil distribution.
Certas Energy has submitted the application for a temporary period of a year to continue using the former garage forecourt on York Avenue, in East Cowes, as a base as planning permission is sought for a bigger fuel depot up the road in Whippingham.
Plans for permanent base at CECAMM
The energy company is looking to install three 125,000-litre tanks, an office building and a switch room close to CECAMM at the neaby technology park, to form a more permanent base (see the application details).
It took a bigger role in the Island’s fuel supply following the closure of Isle of Wight Fuels, who were also in East Cowes.
Since the closure, residents have only been able to get fuel from Certas.
While the Whippingham application is determined, Certas have been using an area at York Avenue Garage, without planning permission.
Now, a retrospective application is asking to change the use of the York Avenue Garage site after work was completed in December last year, installing an access gate and fence, and has operated there ever since.
The Isle of Wight Council confirmed in January this year, through its planning authority, it was investigating the site after receiving an enforcement complaint.
Planning documents, submitted on behalf of Certas by Trident Engineering Consultants, say the site would also house a small vehicle with a 12,000-litre wagon, which travels from the mainland to the Island.
They said the wagon would be parked at the site with the smaller vehicle distributing oil around the Island, coming back to the York Avenue site to refill.
Once the fuel distribution is completed on the Island, the vehicles would return to the mainland.
Documents have not specified whether the 12-month period the company is asking for will be from when the application could be approved or from the date the site was first used, back in December.
A representative for Island Roads, acting as highways authority, said that despite visiting the site, more information is needed.
To view the proposals, 21/00552/FUL, you can view the council’s planning register. Comments will be accepted until 17th May.
A spokesperson for Certas Energy said,
“When Isle of Wight Fuels closed last year, Certas Energy moved quickly to ensure security of supply to the Isle of Wight. With the support of the council and residents, Certas Energy made sure the Island did not run out of fuel.
“Seven weeks ago, we made a planning application to operate a disused petrol station on York Avenue. This is an area where fuel would be transferred between a truck from the mainland and Island-based vehicles.
“It has already been determined that the site would not pose any environmental risks and we are currently awaiting the outcome of the application.”
10.50am 29th Apr 2021 – Comment from Certas added
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