A140 and A143 McDonald's Scole project has fresh application approved to grant significant layout change to new restaurant
An amended application to build a McDonald’s restaurant on a roundabout adjacent to the A140 and A143 in Stuston, near Scole, has been approved.
Initial plans for a BP petrol station and McDonald’s drive-through restaurant were jointly submitted back in June 2017, before being approved the following year.
Despite BP opening in May 2019, the development of McDonald’s has been beset by delays, prompting the fast-food giant to resubmit its application at the start of the year.
Its planning statement read: “McDonald’s has implemented a major brand refresh, both in terms of its product range and the design and fit-out of its restaurants.
“It is proposed to amend the approved building design and incorporate some minor amendments to the site layout.”
The application went on to outline that “the proposed building had evolved to better integrate with its surroundings”, adding that it would “complement that which is present and still fit with the urban grain”.
Stuston Parish Meeting described the new application as “an opportunity to review the environmental impact” of the development, before renewing concerns about litter, noise and light pollution, which had been put forward by residents.
Despite these fears, the application was approved, subject to 16 conditions, by Mid Suffolk District Council on Tuesday.
The new restaurant may yet have competition, with a planning application for a KFC and Starbucks currently pending for a neighbouring plot of land.
A poll conducted on a Facebook community group for Diss showed 85 per cent of people were in favour of the KFC application.
When the same poll was posted on Facebook’s Scole community group, the split was 52 per cent in favour and 48 against.