Concerns over proposal for new petrol station at Asda supermarket in Ipswich

Asda wants to develop a filling station at its Stoke Park store.

Asda wants to develop a filling station at its Stoke Park store. - Credit: Archant

Supermarket giant Asda has applied for planning permission to build a new filling station at its Stoke Park store in Ipswich.

But opposition is growing among local residents who fear the station could be a serious nuisance for people who live in the area.

The supermarket giant, part of the Wal-Mart Group, submitted its application for the filling station to Ipswich Council last week.

The supermarket opened in 2009 on the site of the former Stoke Park shopping centre – which had originally included a filling station.

The new plans are for a four-pump filling station on part of the car park next to Stoke Park Drive.

However local councillor, and leader of the opposition Conservative group, Nadia Cenci said there was already opposition to the proposal from people who lived near the store.

She said: “I think there are a mixture of views. Those who live near the store are worried about the possible disruption at all hours – the noise and the smell – and are worried about the loss of some of the green area in front of the supermarket.

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“I know there are some people who use the supermarket and live a bit further away who like the idea, but I think in this case the concerns of the people nearest to the site need to take precedence.”

No one from Asda was available to comment on the application, but the company’s statement accompanying the application says: “ASDA is proud to serve the local residents and they hope that by bringing a new PFS to the store, they can deliver low priced fuel to those residents.”

What do you think? Would you welcome a new filling station or are you concerned about the disruption? Leave your comments below.

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