New drive-thru Burger King approved for Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 July 2020 | UPDATED: 16:00 01 July 2020
A new drive-thru Burger King franchisee will join Anglia Retail Park off Bury Road after being given approval by planners.
The plans were submitted in April by Ipswich Borough Assets, the income-generating company owned by Ipswich Borough Council, as part of wider plans for the park.
Those plans also involve creating a discount supermarket store on the old garden centre portion of the B&Q unit, the main unit of which has been occupied by Bounce, and car park improvements.
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The plans were approved by nine votes to two at the council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday morning.
A spokesman from the agents for the development said: “We believe we have formed an acceptable scheme that will complement the existing offer at Anglia Retail Park and will strengthen and diversify the park further, cementing its position as an improving and important retail park in the northern part of Ipswich.”
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Colin Kreidewolf from Ipswich Borough Assets said: “IBA aim to actively manage Anglia Retail Park and where we can provide value added enhancements to the park we will so that there are additional facilities for customers. Increasing the number of outlets provides extra choice as well as new jobs for local people.”
The new unit is expected to create between 30 and 40 jobs.
It joins existing fast food restaurants KFC and Pizza Hut on the park, while McDonald’s also has a unit on land opposite next to Asda.
The council’s planning committee raised concerns about the need to remove four mature trees as part of the development, as well as fears it would encourage traffic use and the impact of queuing traffic on Bury Road at peak teams on the air quality for those eating outside.
Councillor Oliver Holmes added: “Have we looked at harms in terms of rubbish?
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“This is also going to be open until 11pm so there could be crowds of young people in cars that will be there until very late in the evening, particularly at weekends, and perhaps in terms of health we should be looking more at other uses rather than fast food takeaways.”
However, councillor Stephen Connelly said he welcomed the additional jobs and added: “There are now substantial numbers of outlets and this will add to that suite – when one visits a retail park one often needs cheap affordable food which may be family-accessible.”
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