Maxol have submitted an application for planning permission for a Petrol Station, shop and restaurant on a greenfield site beside the former Good Shepherd Convent, close to the Armagh Road in Newry.

The £6 million investment plans to provide 60 jobs and would take 9 months to complete.

The application is described as a Strategic roadside service facility incorporating petrol station, shop and restaurant services, child play area, picnic area, car, coach, lorry parking, bunkering facilities with landscaping, access roads and associated highway and site construction/excavation works.

The site of the proposed Petrol Station. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The site of the proposed Petrol Station. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Location is on land east of the (A1) Belfast Dublin Dual Carriageway (Southbound) off slip signposted towards Newry/Craigavon (A27) and Armagh (A28) at Newry. Lands are south of the link road connecting the (A27) Tandragee Road and (A28) Armagh Road approximately 300m west of the (A27) Tandragee Road/Carnbane Road/Shepherds Way roundabout Newry.

The proposed filling station would be situated just to the right of this roundabout. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The proposed filling station would be situated just to the right of this roundabout. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The location infrastructure already provides slipways on and off the A1 beside the proposed site and the application plans to provide 5 franchise hot food and cafe units including a drive through facility, as well as public toilets and a seating area.

There would be parking facilities for 100 cars as well as electric charging points, caravan parking, picnic area and coach drop off points. The proposal also aims to provide facilities for HGV's with parking spaces for 10 envisaged.