Plans for service station with drive-through Starbucks on A5 near Hinckley

Drivers on the A5 and M69 could soon have a new place to fill up and grab a drink near Hinckley. Plans have been filed to build a 24-hour service station off the A5, just to the north of the M69 Junction 1 roundabout, with a petrol station, Starbucks drive-through and a convenience store. The site is near an Esso garage, on the other side of the A5, and is on the border between Hinckley and Bosworth borough and Rugby borough, with plans filed with both authorities.

A new signalised junction on the A5 would provide access to the site, which would be called Stretton Point.

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The petrol station would include five pump islands, covered by a canopy. Controversial plans to develop the land, known as Stretton Croft, with a business park featuring offices, restaurants and an 100-room hotel were granted on appeal in 2013. Rugby Borough Council approved the original bid back in 2011 and years of legal wrangling and an unsuccessful public review followed.

Plans for service station with drive-through Starbucks on A5 near Hinckley

There was strong opposition to the development from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and many residents.

A design statement filed with the current plans said: “The Secretary of State concluded that a definite need for additional office floor space, in the form of a business park, was demonstrated and that the proposal would not undermine the spatial strategy for Hinckley or the vitality of Hinckley town centre. “He also considered that the proposal would contribute to the economic prosperity of the area. “It was also concluded that the application proposal was not an Environmental Impact Assessment development.

“In 2017 approval of all reserved matters was granted for this scheme and this permission is extant having been lawfully implemented through a material commencement of development – thus establishing the principle of development.”

The statement said that the proposed access to the site and associated highways improvements had been discussed with Highways England and both Warwickshire and Leicestershire county highways departments.

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