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Villagers unhappy as plans submitted for KFC and Starbucks to join soon-to-be-built McDonalds

A KFC and Starbucks will soon be sitting alongside a planned McDonalds outlet in Suffolk, if a new planning application is approved.

Plans have been submitted to build new branches of the fried chicken and coffee outlets by the roundabout at the intersection of the A143 and the A140 in Scole, on the Suffolk border.

If approved, they will join a new McDonalds branch on the adjacent quadrant of the roundabout – which has already been approved by the council.

The proposed site for a KFC and Starbucks in Scole. Picture: Google Maps (44738624)
The proposed site for a KFC and Starbucks in Scole. Picture: Google Maps (44738624)

The plans were submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council by Pegasus Group – on behalf of commercial property investors Harkalm Developments – and promise a drive-thru service, complete with a 68-bay car park.

Mid Suffolk Council outlined number of criteria that the outlets must meet before planning can be approved, one being if it will effect the viability of smaller independent businesses in the area – namely Scole Village Stores, in The Street.

Linda Rawlence, who manages Scole Village Stores, said she was concerned, but ulimtatley would not know how the developments would affect her businesses until they begin trading.

She said: “I don’t think it will make much difference, but the trouble is you don’t know, and it’s a bit early to tell.

“There was a worry that it will affect the business – we get a lot of work men in here, and they could end up going there instead, but they like to support small businesses.

“Really, you can’t tell until it’s there.”

Another concern was how the two buildings, which will use timber and wooden façade cladding, will fit within the rural landscape.

The application promised that the development would “respond positively to the character and appearance of the wider area”, adding that “soft landscaping and tree planting will be accommodated where suitable throughout.”

Some residents did not agree, however. In a public objection to the plans, Corinne Moore, from Calver’s Farm, in Norwich Road, Thelveton, criticised the design and lack of consultation offered to residents in the area.

She said: “How dare the landowners of this site present their plans to create a motorway service area slap bang in the middle of an environmentally sensitive landscape alongside the River Waveney.

“Three major commercial, 24-hour illuminated fast food outlets right on the doorsteps of a historic village and local Nature Reserve, in fact sharing the entrance, [have been] proposed without any need for public consultation.”

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