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Buying a house next to a petrol station?

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  • davidmcndavidmcn Forumite
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    giraffe69 wrote: »
    I'd check the opening times. A 24 hour garage would be a lot worse than one open only during day and early evening.
    Bear in mind though that you'd have little say in it becoming a 24 hour garage (or turning into a 24 hour something else).
  • hazyjohazyjo Forumite
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    Should be cheaper as less desirable. If not, buy another.

    Personally, I'd not buy it. People are inconsiderate. Some will leave radios blaring, honk horns, rev cars, shout at each other across the forecourt, not to mention the noisy delivery/petrol lorries etc turning up at all times - so I suppose it depends how close is close.

    Am sure many would, but not me.
    2021 wins: noise cancelling headphones
  • CakegutsCakeguts Forumite
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    Light pollution unless you like being out in bright light in your garden in the middle of the night.
  • snickersbarssnickersbars Forumite
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    Used to live 2 doors down from one. Advantage was the shop. Disadvantage was people parking across my driveway to go to the shop (and then being very unpleasant about moving), a bit of extra traffic/litter, and the local crime stats being high due to the shop being robbed repeatedly (though we were never burgled ever). I highly value a local shop, so would do it again, but the drive blocking was irritating.
  • PDCPDC Forumite
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    We lived across from one for some years, as some have said, little issue, useful for the shop. Never had any issues with a fire nor anything extra noticeable noise wise. Occasional thoughtless parking as someone else said.

    Eventually it was demolished and then, some years later, flats were built in its place. The flats were more or a nuisance due to them being built with insufficient parking parking spaces for the residents, causing problems all along the street.
  • SlitherySlithery Forumite
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    I live next door to a petrol station and think it's brilliant.

    But that's probably due to the fact that I work there and who can say no to a 20 second door to door commute :)

    As for the risk of pollution from spills, all of the drains and run-offs go nowhere near the public watercourse or adjacent land. Anything that goes down them is separated and treated individually.
  • tessie_beartessie_bear Forumite
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    we live round the corner from a petrol station and it got mentioned when we did searches...still carried on said petrol station later opened a subway and the cars pulling up to go in seems to have got worse
    onwards and upwards
  • PasturesNewPasturesNew Forumite
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    If it were open late, I'd worry about who does what there at night. These places can be magnets for small gangs of aimless yoofs and their bikes to gather and cause nuisance.
  • davidmcndavidmcn Forumite
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    Slithery wrote: »
    As for the risk of pollution from spills, all of the drains and run-offs go nowhere near the public watercourse or adjacent land. Anything that goes down them is separated and treated individually.
    That's what should happen, yes. It's not necessarily what's happened throughout the history of the station, and you can get leaks of tanks or pipes - hence why site investigation reports of disused stations often show up contamination in the soil.
  • luvchocolateluvchocolate Forumite
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    kerri_gt wrote: »
    I would have thought being sited next door to a site with storage and active usage of highly flammable liquids may well be considered a higher risk for insurance companies and involve a higher premium?

    That is what I thought...but did not explain my reasoning, thank you
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