Plans to build eight new electric charging points at an Exmouth fuel station have been given the green light.

A planning application was submitted in November last year to build eight new EV charging points at the existing Shell Garage on Exeter Road. 

Motor Fuel Group, which runs the Shell garages, lodged an application to create a charging zone to include putting up electric vehicle (EV) chargers, a canopy, a substation enclosure, associated works and demolition of a jet wash bay. 

The existing jet wash station will be demolished to accommodate the new charging points. Trees will have to be removed towards the back of the store next to the jet wash bay. 

The plans have been submitted by the Motor Fuels Group, who own Shell garages in the UK. 

The application was submitted by Motor Fuel Group, plans have been approved with some conditions, including the need to replace the trees that will be cut down as part of the construction works. The firm now have three years to complete the build as part of the EDDC's planning rules.

Several trees will also need to be removed to the rear of the garage. However, the district council said new woodland edge trees and shrubs between the new EV charging points and retained trees should be planted.

Developers now have three years to begin work on the project. It is subject to several conditions, including protection for neighbouring residents from excessive noise and light spillage.

Exmouth Town Council declared a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’ in June 2019 as part of the ‘climate emergency plan’ the council pledge to reduce fossil fuels and ‘Procure electric tools/vehicles for grounds maintenance where it is viable to do so.’ 

You can read the full planning application on the East Devon District Council website HERE