PLANS to revamp an “eyesore” service station and potentially install a new Greggs bakery took a step closer after no objection was raised by town councillors.

Developers Motor Fuel Group Limited own the service station based on the corner of Trinity Street and Kings Road.

The owners submitted plans to Braintree Council would see the existing brick forecourt shop demolished.

In its place, the developers would install two electric vehicle charging bays and parking spaces.

To replace the shop, the plans also propose renovating the forecourt’s current furniture showroom which is currently empty.

The building would be renovated to add a new entrance and shopping facilities with plans also proposing adding a Greggs takeaway bakery, according to submitted designs.

Halstead Town Council has now had its say on the application after holding a council meeting on Monday.

At the meeting, the council accepted the likelihood the bid would be accepted and also offer no objection.

However, the council raised some issues it hopes are taken on board by Braintree Council planners.

If possible, Halstead councillors would like to see a one-way exit and entrance to the site and clarity over the current “cluttered” signage, which can block the view of traffic, and the number of parking spaces.

Halstead Town Council chairwoman Jackie Pell said it is an application which would be “difficult to refuse” and hopes that, if plans go ahead, it will make the site less of an “eyesore” to residents.

She said: “We made several comments on this application to Braintree Council.

“We commented on the signage, which is cluttered, and we hope Braintree Council support the idea of it being one-way in and out.

“It can be quite dangerous coming in and out of there at the moment.

“This one will be difficult to refuse so we kind of have to go along with it in order to try and get the best out of it.

“The old furniture shop, it is an eyesore. They’ve been gone a long time.

“Everything just looks very dated.”