'Significant reservations' over plans for roadside service facility including drive-through McDonald's in Bury St Edmunds
‘Significant reservations’ have been raised over proposals for a roadside service facility with a drive-through McDonald’s in Bury St Edmunds.
Euro Garges Ltd wants to build the facility on vacant grassland off Newmarket Road next to junction 42 of the A14 with a petrol station, drive-through McDonald’s and a coffee shop, which could potentially be a Starbucks.
In an email to agent Matthew Wyatt, of PWA Planning, Peter White, principal planning officer at West Suffolk Council, said he and the landscape and ecology officer have ‘significant reservations’ about the scheme, which has the potential to be ‘harmful in landscape terms’.
He asked for an explanation as to how the proposal accords with certain planning policies.
The Bury Society has objected to the application as the group felt the plans represent a 'significant visual intrusion into one of the main approaches' to the town within an area designated as 'open countryside'.
Bury St Edmunds Town Council also objected on the 'grounds of access, highways, design and traffic impact'.
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McDonald’s has separately sought advertising consent for signage.
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