New pictures show work has started on a major new development on the A19 near Thirsk – and what we can expect to see there when it’s done.

The new development, off the A19 at the York Road junction,  will see the construction of a new service station complete with food takeaway options and electric charging points.

It was passed after it was highlighted it would create 106 jobs and attract a Marks & Spencers outlet to Thirsk.

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The plans haven’t been without controversy, however, as there were concerns raised over the effect the service station could have on the climate and whether it was even needed.

There was initial excitement over the proposal after it was revealed that it would amount to an investment of £7m into Thirsk.

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However, while revised proposals were being considered, Marks & Spencer soon pulled out of the scheme, which is now being led by Motor Fuel Group, rather than BP.

It also emerged that while it was previously thought the development would bring 106 jobs, this was then dropped to 75 jobs for the local area.

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Thirsk councillor Dave Elders said: "There are a number of Thirsk and Sowerby residents who will be disappointed by the change of the provision of the grocery store.

"They were looking forward to an M&S Food in Thirsk and Sowerby, but that's not to be.

"There is one in Northallerton."

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What will be coming to Thirsk as part of the development?

Despite the controversy, there are some big names coming as part of the development, and work has already started in the area.

Here are some of the big names coming as part of the development:

  • McDonalds

McDonalds has been confirmed to be part of the development and CGI images at the site show an outlet with a drive-thru and parking options.

  • Greggs

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Greggs has also been confirmed as part of the development and will share a building with a big-name grocery store.

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  • Costa Coffee

A Costa Coffee has also been confirmed for the site and will have its own separate building located towards the rear of the site, if the CGI images are anything to go by.

  • Budgens

Budgens will share a building with Greggs and will offer customers a place to shop for groceries.

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  • EV Power

EV power will provide several points for charging electric vehicles at 150kW and will be found close to the fuel stations, according to the CGI image.

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A 22-space lorry park will also come as part of the development, which are set to be built on former farming fields on the site.


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