We want to hear your views on our plans for an Electric Forecourt® in Bromborough.
GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd plan to build and operate an Electric Forecourt® in Bromborough on the A41 (New Chester Road) at the Old Hall Road entrance to the Wirral International Business Park, CH62 3PE. The proposal will provide a new high-quality facility for rapid electric vehicle charging, powered by 100% renewable energy. It will help the UK’s transition to electric vehicles, reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. The proposal will also create new jobs and put the Wirral on the map for new green technologies.
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We have submitted a planning application to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council. You can learn about the project on this page and provide your thoughts via the electronic feedback form.
Who is GRIDSERVE
GRIDSERVE is a UK based developer of low cost, clean energy solutions with roots that started with some of the world’s first commercial deployments of solar energy and energy storage solutions over 40-years ago. The GRIDSERVE team has been responsible for the development, construction, and operation of more than a gigawatt of solar energy and energy storage solutions, including connecting over 100 utility-scale sustainable energy projects to the UK grid in the last five years alone. With this project, we intend to continue our tech-enabled ‘sun to wheel’ infrastructure to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.
The Braintree, Essex Electric ForecourtⓇ
A charger at the GRIDSERVE Braintree Electric Forecourt®
The site of the proposed Electric Forecourt® is located on Old Hall Road at the entrance to the Wirral International Business Park, CH62 3PE, and fronts onto the A41 (New Chester Road). Access into the site is from Old Hall Road. The site of the proposed Electric Forecourt® is limited to approximately 1.51 acres (0.61ha).
The site is currently vacant, having previously been used for parking associated with an office block. An area to the southeast of the main site will be used for a battery energy storage system to power the chargers with renewable energy harvested from solar farms. FEEDBACK FORM
The proposed Electric Forecourt®
GRIDSERVE has carefully considered the feasibility of an Electric Forecourt® on the site and carried out a detailed site analysis. This analysis has considered environmental and planning designations, proximity to major roads and residential areas, existing screening, topography, proximity to the grid connection point, capacity in the local electricity grid and availability of electric vehicle charging facilities in the local area.
The point of connection to the grid is to the east of the site at Hardknott Road and meets all the criteria for an Electric Forecourt®.
An Electric Forecourt® is the new generation of filling station designed to meet the demands of the electric vehicle market. The concept was conceived through extensive research into the limitations and frustrations with existing charging infrastructure and will future-proof Bromborough for the transition to green transport.
View the first GRIDSERVE Electric ForecourtⓇ in Braintree, Essex.
Wirral Council area currently has four electric vehicle rapid charging points at three locations, which is insufficient to meet both current and forecasted demand.
The Bromborough Electric Forecourt® will provide 36 new rapid and high power charging points making a significant contribution to local electric vehicle infrastructure and support passing traffic on the A41.
It will be a clean and green development that aligns with Local and National support for electrifying transportation to reduce carbon emissions. Potential to charge up to 36 vehicles at high speed simultaneously.
A scheme that will enable people to transition to electric mobility and contribute to improvements to local air quality.
The use of 100% renewable energy to help with the transition to a net zero carbon economy.
On-site renewable electricity generation to power the amenities building.
A pedestrian friendly, relaxing dwell time environment to ensure customers can make best use of their charging time.
The creation of nine new full-time jobs in a growing sector of the economy.
Features of an Electric Forecourt® Electric Forecourts® support the transition to electric vehicles and future-proof communities to meet the UK’s net zero carbon goals.
The electric vehicle charging spaces will focus on the fastest vehicle charging capability with charging provision for different vehicle types, including charging provision for contracted fleet vehicles.
GRIDSERVE’s rapid and high power charging solutions will address the needs of mass market electric vehicle drivers. The Bromborough site includes a pedestrian friendly environment with external walking routes and a covered walkway that connects charging spaces to a two-storey hub building. Lounge-space for people to relax whilst charging their vehicle.
Food and beverage, including convenience retail and small-scale coffee shop.
Toilet facilities and wellbeing area.
Free high speed Wi-Fi and meeting pods.
An electric vehicle education service.
Key Development Principles
A modular design which is scalable and can be largely developed off-site.
Ease of access from the highway network.
Sensitive landscape design and additional native planting.
Minimal land take through an efficient use of the site.
A clean, green, and high-quality customer environment with ancillary facilities and services.
Use of permeable surfaces wherever possible. “The proposed design has been developed around a number of key principles to ensure environmental harmony and ongoing sustainability objectives are met.”
- Raoul Tufnell
The Electric Forecourt® will not be a significant trip generator, and will instead be used mainly by cars already on the network. There will therefore be limited impact on local traffic levels.
A Transport Statement forms part of the planning application. The Statement demonstrates that there is sufficient capacity at the junction of the A41 with Old Hall Road.
Whilst the site is in a primarily industrial area, biodiversity is an important consideration in all GRIDSERVE development projects.
The site will be supplied by net zero carbon energy from solar farms with biodiverse nature sanctuaries. It will also include new landscaping and a living green wall on the building to improve the ecological value of the site.
The site is situated predominately in ‘Flood Zone 1’ which is an area of land with the least probability of flooding.
A Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy has been submitted as part of the planning application, which provides further details.
A Noise Impact Assessment has been prepared and submitted with the planning application.
The Assessment demonstrates that any noise from the development will not be heard beyond the immediate local area and that the impacts on area are negligible, given the existing background noise levels.
Share Your Views
We encourage you to complete the online feedback forms by clicking the button so we can take on your views and opinions of the proposed development prior to the submission of the planning application.
The results will be carefully reviewed and a report on how we have taken these into account will be prepared in a Statement of Community Involvement, which will be submitted to the Local Planning Authority.
Please provide your feedback via the button by the 31st of August 2021.