ANOTHER car hire firm wants to set up next to an Oxford estate.

Avis Budget has applied for planning permission to open a branch on a former used car sales centre off Harrow Road, on the edge of Blackbird Leys.

The site is proposed near an existing branch of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The development proposes that existing double yellow lines on Harrow Road be extended on both sides of the carriageway but the county council has warned that Avis would have to pay it to enforce these restrictions.

A transport statement on the plan, prepared by Stuart Michael Associates, found that it would result in 12 less trips during the morning rush hour but nine more in the afternoon rush hour, compared to its previous use.

The number of trips generated is considered to be relatively small and could be absorbed in to general traffic without the need for mitigation and the statement concluded there are no road safety concerns.

The application proposes that a new single storey temporary modular building be constructed to house a rental office and customer reception area.

An existing building will be refurbished and used by staff and the rest of the site will be used to store and care for the hire vehicles.

Between three and five members of staff will work at the store at any one time.

To comment on the application search Oxford City Council’s planning website with the reference 18/00032/FUL before February 20.