Plans for electric vehicle chargers at ibis Styles, Haydock passed

Proposals for the site at ibis Styles, on Galway Crescent, Haydock, near to the East Lancashire Road, have been sent in to St Helens Council.

A design and access statement in the plans states: “Fastned’s mission is to give freedom to electric drivers and accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility.

“A key aspect currently inhibiting the mass adoption of EVs in the UK is the availability of reliable charging infrastructure.

“The phrase of ‘range anxiety’ has long been used, caused by the possibility of not completing a journey due to lack of charge, but this is now coupling with ‘charger anxiety’ due to not knowing when or where a charger will be found.”

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It adds: “The proposed development will be located within the southern portion of the car park of the Ibis Styles hotel, around 5km to the north-east of St Helens. The site layout would comprise eight charging bays, each 3.4m wide and 5.2m long, supported by a substation and Low Voltage (LV) switchboard (3.3m x 3.3m and 3.3m x 3.3m respectively) at the easternmost portion of the site.

“Four charging units will be installed to support two bays each simultaneously, each standing 1.9m in height, 0.84m wide and 0.83m in length”.

St Helens Star: The proposed location of the charging stationsThe proposed location of the charging stations (Image: RSK (St Helens Council Planning Portal))

It concludes: “The proposed development is considered to be wholly consistent with the context of the local area of Haydock and the wider borough as a whole. It is therefore concluded that the proposed development should be supported, and planning permission granted”.

In a report case officer Aqib Saghir noted: “It appears that the proposals will result in the loss of six existing parking space.

“Whilst it would be preferable for there to be no reduction in total car park numbers the loss of six spaces would not warrant a highways objection.  It is considered the proposals will not contradict with Policy LPA06 of the Local Plan.”

Permission was granted.

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