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17 MAR

Which drive-thru is coming to town?

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A planning application has been submitted for a drive-thru restaurant to be built in a Moorlands town. The plans, which are for a site in Mill Street, Leek, do not divulge which fast-food or drink venue it is set to be.

A planning application has been submitted for a drive-thru restaurant to be built in a Moorlands town.

The plans, which are for a site in Mill Street, Leek, do not divulge which fast-food or drink venue it is set to be.

The planning application which has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is for the “construction of a drive through restaurant” at the currently empty site of 113, Mill Street in Leek.”

The plans include: 202 square metres in total new internal floorspace, as well as two disabled parking spaces and ten parking spaces.

No details within the planning application, or accompanying documents, give any indication how many employment opportunities there will be at the drive-thru, if passed. Nor does it give any clue as to which drive-thru chain it is set to be.

The Leek & Moorlands contacted some of the main drive-thru companies to see if any of them could confirm if it was their planning application.

A spokesman for McDonald’s told us: “This planning application hasn’t been submitted by McDonald’s.”

A spokesman for Costa Coffee said: “We can confirm that we have not submitted a planning application for a Costa Coffee Drive-Thru store on Mill Street in Leek, Staffordshire at this current time.”

And a spokesman for Starbucks said: “We are always looking for new locations and opportunities to bring the Starbucks Experience to customers in the UK, but at this time we have no updates to share about plans at Leek.”

Meanwhile, a Greggs spokesperson has said: “Greggs is always looking into new shop locations, while we are unable to confirm anything at the moment, we will be sure to share any information in due course.”

After further quizzing from us, the Greggs spokesman added: “We are unfortunately unable to confirm anything right now, but if we get any more information about this site, we’ll let you know.”

We did not, at the time of press, receive any responses from either Burger King or KFC.

Within the planning statement, accompanying the planning application, an agent states: “Planning permission has been previously granted at the site to erect 21 affordable apartments under application reference SMD/2015/0119.

The previous consent has not been implemented. The redevelopment of the site for 21 affordable units is not financially viable. The redevelopment of the site for affordable housing will not take place. This will leave an undeveloped gap along a main route to and from the town centre.”

Later on, the planning statement author states: “The site has an extensive planning history. The site has previously been used as a motor vehicle repair shop. It is currently vacant. The most recent planning application history is application reference SMD/2015/0119 that granted consent for 21 affordable apartments.

The site history also includes the pre-application enquiry to the Council with indicative details of the proposed drive through restaurant.

The advice received from the Council was positive subject to matters concerning the suitability of other sites, amenity and access being clarified.

Members of the public can make comments on the planning application by visiting the SMDC website.

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