Bid lodged for more electric vehicle charging points at Washington’s Galleries shopping centre

Plans to install new “ultra-rapid” electric vehicle chargers at a Washington shopping area have been submitted to city development chiefs.

Sunderland City Council’s planning department has received a planning application for a section of public car park near The Galleries shopping centre in Washington.

This included a substation and installation of eight ultra-rapid electric vehicle chargers by applicant Osprey Charging Network, which claimed the scheme would be a “vital piece of new infrastructure for both locals and for visitors”.

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The charging points would have “improved accessibility” to “not only meet, but to exceed the requirements for accessible access”.

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According to documents included in the bid, the development would be a “flagship hub site” for the firm, which completed more than 200 similar projects throughout the UK.

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The application added: “[Britain has] witnessed the ever-increasing need for high power, public, EV charging; as well as a need for the provision of slower speed charging for customers who have much longer dwell times.

“Sunderland City Council is already working with a partner to deliver fast AC charge points in the local area, but there is an increasing need for the provision of high power, DC, ultra-rapid charge points to supplement this provision.

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“These would offer both residents and visitors a method of very quickly recharging their vehicles, rather than having to charge for a number of hours on a slower charger.

“Further, for the same number of charge points, more vehicles can be recharged in a given time period.”

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For more information on the application or to track its progress, visit Sunderland City Council’s online planning portal and search reference: 22/02400/FUL