We want to hear your views on our plans for an Electric Forecourt® in Plymouth.
GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd plan to build and operate an Electric Forecourt® in Plymouth on the A386 (Outland Road) Plymouth, PL2 2DE. 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 Plymouth on the map for new green technologies.
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We will soon be submitting a planning application to Plymouth City Council. You can learn about the project on this community consultation 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 site of the proposed Electric Forecourt® is located on Outland Road, just to the north of Home Park Stadium. Access into the site will be taken from Outland Road.The site is currently vacant, and our proposals will bring this brownfield land back into active use. An area to the south of the main site would be used for battery storage. The site of the proposed Electric Forecourt® is approximately 1 acre (0.39ha).
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 considered environmental and planning designations, proximity to major roads and residential areas, existing screening, topography, the grid connection point, capacity in the local electricity grid and availability of electric vehicle charging facilities in the local area.
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 with 32 rapid and high power charging points, it will future-proof Plymouth for the transition to green transport. View the first GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt® in Braintree, Essex.
The Plymouth area currently has 22 existing rapid electric vehicle charging points which will not meet both current and forecasted demand. The Plymouth Electric Forecourt® will provide 32 new rapid and high power charging points making a significant contribution to local electric vehicle infrastructure and support passing traffic on the A386.
It will be a clean and green development that aligns with local and national support for electrifying transportation to reduce carbon emissions, a provision that is simply not achievable at the majority of existing petrol station forecourts. Potential to charge up to 32 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 at least 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 provide the fastest vehicle charging capability with charging provision for different vehicle types, including a provision for contracted fleet vehicles. GRIDSERVE’s rapid and high power charging solutions will address the needs of mass market electric vehicle drivers and support the transition to net zero transport.
The Plymouth site includes a pedestrian friendly environment with external walking routes and a covered walkway that connects charging spaces to the upper hub building. Within the hub building will be a range of ancillary facilities, designed to maximise the experience of charging, and optimise the use of the associated dwell time. 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
Biodiversity and tree planting initiatives are 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 honour Plymouth’s 2019, Climate Emergency Declaration and help to accelerate the transition to net zero transport in the region. Ecology
Ecology and tree surveys are currently being undertaken to assess the ecological value of the site and the existing trees. The site proposal will require the removal of some trees to facilitate the site’s development. However, off-site mitigation will compensate for these trees in line with Plymouth Council’s Plan for Tree Planting. The proposal will also deliver new landscaping at the forecourt, including a living green wall to improve the ecological value of the site. FEEDBACK FORM
The Electric Forecourt® will not be a significant trip generator and will primarily be used by cars already on the network.
There will therefore be limited impact on local traffic levels. A Transport Assessment forms part of the planning application.
This will assess the capacity at local junctions, including those on the A386 / Outland Road.
The site is situated wholly in ‘Flood Zone 1’ which is an area of land with the least probability of flooding.
A Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy will be submitted as part of the planning application.
Share Your Views
We encourage you to complete the online feedback form 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 by the 6th of September 2021.