PLANS have been revealed for a new petrol station development on the outskirts of Thirsk featuring a M&S Simply Food store, a McDonald’s and a Costa.

Centred around a new petrol station, BP Oil UK Limited has appointed planning and development consultancy Lichfields to deliver planning consent on the £7m proposals.

Robert Dibden, associate director at Lichfields in Newcastle, says the site offers great potential for Thirsk and the surrounding area, and will create around 70 new full-time jobs.

The development partners want to hear the views of local people and are hosting a public consultation on the proposals this Thursday.

Mr Dibden said: “Neither McDonald’s nor Costa are currently represented in the town and the new drive-thru restaurant and drive-thru coffee shop would offer new facilities and well-known brands for locals and passers-by.”

The earmarked site is a parcel of unused land adjacent to the A170/A19/A168 roundabout; it is currently occupied by a bungalow and farmland.

As well as the five fuel dispensers, the BP petrol filling station will feature up to four electric vehicle charging points, a separate HGV fuelling facility and a M&S Simply Food Store.

The public consultation takes place between 3pm and 7pm at Thirsk Town Hall.