The former TC Hand Car Wash in Mere Brow is up for sale.
The site on Southport New Road (A565) on the Tarleton Bypass between Southport and Tarleton is available with Christie & Co with Freehold offer above £795,000.
Christie & Co describes it as “an extremely rare opportunity” to own a 0.76 acre former petrol filling station, car wash & café on a prominent dual carriageway location.
They said the site has the potential to be developed as a petrol station convenience, store, a car wash, or a drive through restaurant.
They said: “This vacant former car wash and café offers a rare opportunity for a purchaser to acquire a large roadside plot situated along a busy dual carriageway. We are advised that the site has had planning for use as a petrol station, shop, car wash and drive thru café.
“Further information will be provided upon request. It is rare that a site with this amount of traffic volume and development potential comes to the open market.
“This large former car wash and cafe offers itself to a wealth of potential alternative uses due to its extremely prominent position along Southport New Road (A565).”
Last year developer Bella Homes NW Ltd submitted a planning application to transform the site into elegant new shops, a food retail unit and a hot food takeaway, following the demolition of the existing derelict former hand car wash and cafe buildings.
They would then be replaced by four retail units, which would include a mix of; two non-food retail units; one food retail unit; and one hot food take away unit.
They said: “The proposed design aims to greatly raise the aesthetic profile of the site within the area and contribute positively to its setting.”
The proposals were rejected by West Lancashire Borough Council in March last year, which said that “the development would have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing development”, resulting in “harm to the openness of the Green Belt”.
They added that the proposed commercial units had a “standard suburban appearance which does not reflect the rural environment in which it would be situated”.