Wednesday, January 11, 2012

News: Planning inspector says yes to a KFC

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A KFC drive thru restaurant could now be built in Canklow, Rotherham, after a planning inspector allowed an appeal against the refusal of planning permission.

Rotherham council refused permission for the 300 sq m KFC on the site of the former Canklow Hotel pub off Centenary Way due to the adverse impact on nearby residents.

Jacqueline North, the planning inspector has now gone against this decision, stating that any impact would not be above the existing impact of the dual carriageway and nearby LSM factory.

She said: "I am satisfied that any impact as a result of the proposed development would be negligible and aurally indistinguishable from the existing noise climate."

The plans also attracted objections from local councillors, residents and Canklow Woods Primary School, which is close to the site. Objections focused on a potential for anti social behaviour and an impact on the healthy eating ethos at the school.

However, the inspector concluded that "there is no detailed evidence to indicate that the proposed development would result in a problem due to disorderly behaviour."

On the issue of healthy eating she stated that primary school children are not usually permitted to leave the school at lunchtime, and that outside of the time they are at school, the children's diet is the responsibility of their parents or guardians. The inspector concluded that: "I do not accept that the presence of a KFC restaurant/drive through would jeopardise the local healthy-eating initiatives."

Local councillor, Mahroof Hussain, who objected to the plans, described the successful appeal as "unbelievable."

He added: "This is not a campaign against the KFC or fast food, it's about the location. It is too close to the local primary school and residential housing. It's an inappropriate location. We are very disappointed with the inspector's decision."

The planning permission comes with a number of conditions including restricted opening hours, screen fencing, CCTV, landscaping and ventilation systems.

The application is from the QFM group who successfully operate 31 KFC franchises and others across Yorkshire, the North of England and Scotland, including the 850 sq m restaurant at the Waterfront development at Manvers.

The development is expected to create 20 jobs.

QFM operate the restaurants as franchises and have been looking to expand in the area to meet known demand. They also operate the outlet in the town centre, which will remain.

QFM Group website

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