Marstons Inn and Frankie and Benny’s given go-ahead to build new branches in Great Yarmouth

An artist impression of the new Frankie and Benny's set to open in Great Yarmouth. Picture: The Restaurant Group plc An artist impression of the new Frankie and Benny's set to open in Great Yarmouth. Picture: The Restaurant Group plc

Friday, March 21, 2014
8:33 AM

Two national restaurant chains have been given the green light to move into Great Yarmouth - bringing nearly 100 new jobs and boosting a major gateway into the town.

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Wasteland next to  Jones (GC) Way on the edge of Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James BassWasteland next to Jones (GC) Way on the edge of Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

Marstons Inn and Frankie and Benny’s are set to build new outlets on the plot of disused and overgrown land off Jones (GC) Way, and in front of Tesco Extra, after planning chiefs warmly welcomed their plans to come to the town.

And the developments have been hailed by business leaders for the boost they will bring to the local jobs market, and Great Yarmouth’s overall offer to residents, tourists and shoppers.

It took members of the borough council’s development control committee just a matter of minutes to pass both bids at a meeting on Tuesday.

Their approval will now pave the way for a Marstons Inn, creating 60 jobs, which will sit beside a Frankie and Benny’s restaurant, creating 30 jobs, as well as car parking and landscaping. Outline permission was also given for a drive-through coffee shop/restaurant to be built on the site.

Julia Howard, from Great Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, hailed the developments as “very positive” for the town.

“When you see the big chains move into the town it does reflect their confidence (in the town) and it normally means that others follow, and I think Yarmouth has been waiting a while to see some more,” she added.

Cllr John Holmes, ward member for Southtown and Cobholm, was among those who fully supported the plans and thought local residents would welcome both chains.

He said: “In the last few months there’s been several discussions about possible retail, commercial and leisure [opportunities] all in that part of town, which is really good for the Cobholm and Southtown people.”

The out-of-town location for the restaurants had been raised as a slight concern during Tuesday’s planning meeting, but councillors were told the applicants had looked at other areas in the borough but no other suitable sites had been found.

Cllr Jim Shrimplin, ward member for Ormesby, thought the land - which has remained empty despite being earmarked for five warehouse units in 1996 - was “crying out” for development.

And Mrs Howard thought the developments would benefit the whole town - including the high street.

She said: “People that may come over to go into one of those restaurants are quite likely to visit the town. And for the holiday industry, I think people like to see what else is in the area, and get a certain amount of confidence from seeing the big names.

“So I think it’s really positive news for the town.”

The plans were passed, with one abstention, subject to developers satisfying concerns raised by the Environment Agency over flooding and drainage.

19 comments

  • I am at total loss to understand the decision making process of the Council. First they let Hughes demolish the Two Bears when there are two empty retail places standing empty and idle, namely Bennetts and Comet. Then they left development go ahead for these two outlets when one could have gone into the Two Bears and the other into the old Coop building in the Market Place which is in a very sad state. On what basis they expect people going to Franky and Bennys wanting to go into Yarmouth town centre is beyond me because there is nothing there. Also having these outlets near to Tescos will mean increasing pressure on the mini roundabout which barely copes now.

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    BG

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Will FIRST BUS create a new shuttle service that serves that area and Gapton hall? for those without transport.

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    BL58

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • This is a bad, bad idea. I'm not convinced that anyone in the council really knows what they're doing or the impact of their decisions. Allow parking in the town centre to be free. Start enticing retailers and restaurant chains back into the town centre. The Gapton reatil park should only have been for the reserve of retailers of large items (furniture, electrical goods etc) while the clothes outlest etc. (Next, TK Maxx, Outlet etc.) would have been a welcome edition the the town centre.

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    LLCK

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Does the puppet man still do his turn in Yarmouth?

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    NigelS

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Frankie & Benny's is almost Ritz-like for the average Yarmouth resident. Any excuse to stuff their faces with cheap fodder and add to their already bulging waistlines.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • NigelS if only the puppet man would do a turn. Right out of Yarmouth. He typifies the state of Yarmouth

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    Gorlmouth

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • My question:- is the council going to do up the surrounding area as it's a bit of a pig's ear when it comes to the state of it. It's rundown and both eateries from the town end especially if walking, are accessible either via the main road pavement or through not so nice streets and buildings. And as BL58 states, will there be a bus service that serves the area and Gapton Hall and indeed Halfreys, if there was, even I might be able to go and shop that way at long last. For BG, the article states that both Frankie and Benny's and Marstons Inn found this to be the better place after viewing elsewhere, I'm guessing the Co-op building would be wrong because of the parking issue, especially during the day and as for Bennett's and Comet, the actual site is not suitable because of where they are, one at traffic lights and not enough parking spaces and the other stuck amongst a row of shopping outlets and tucked out of the way with again, not too many parking spaces, but that's my view.

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    Spooky

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Paul. Have they given any consideration to the Crapton Hall roundabout and the small one a bit further down Pasture road ?. I doubt it. All they have looked at (as per usual) will be the number of jobs to be created. EDP. Are these full time, part time, zero hour contracts or self employed status jobs ?. No mention in this article.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Cant wait to see the pound pubs to start coming to Yarmouth, Gorleston and surrounding areas.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • i think this is great news, as for the old bennets site and matalan, are there not plans for the whole site to be cleared and houses built?

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    calmudownboy

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • ...It's not wasteland or disused land, that implies that the land is former industrial, commercial or residential land with remnants of buildings etc. Very lame.

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    LLCK

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Yet more evidence that GY is turning itself inside-out. The town centre gets emptier and poorer whilst the suburbs prosper. It's a textbook city planning error known as 'the doughnut effect'. It happened on an enormous scale in Detroit and now it's happening here.

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    Norfolkadam

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • NigelS if only the puppet man would do a turn. Right out of Yarmouth. He typifies the state of Yarmouth

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    Gorlmouth

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Once again business is being driven out of town and catering for drivers. Brilliant. So what will we be left with in town? Banks. Eastern european shops, Tattoo shops. Pubs and oh yes Bookies. Bravo Council bravo . What next one wonders a celebrity opening a new bookies. Possibly white dee?

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    Gorlmouth

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Bravo gy. Luckily we still have a 'free economy" in which businesses are able to locate where it makes business sense. While appreciating the comments for arm chair economists a "command economy" isnt going to benefit anyone. The job of local authority is to create the climate and environment in which business can thrive not dictate location and facility. Sadly gy has lacked all of the above, but maybe there is some hope in light of this news.

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    Paul Morley

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Will FIRST BUS create a new shuttle service that serves that area and Gapton hall? for those without transport.

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    BL58

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Will FIRST BUS create a new shuttle service that serves that area and Gapton hall? for those without transport.

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    BL58

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • @ Spooky. Sorry to disagree with your logic about Hughes moving into either Bennetts or Comets old premises. The two Bears is slap bang on a busy junction with minimal car parking whilst Bennetts and Comet traded quite successfully from their sites which have more than ample parking. Unless the Council stop this migration to the outskirts of Gt Yarmouth of Gorleston there will soon be nothing left in the centre of either place. Yarmouth Market Place is really in a sad old state.

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    BG

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • LLCK, you won't get retailers and restaurant chains into Yarmouth, there isn't anywhere big enough for them to site their business, the only place is the old Co-op store and it would need a very large restaurant or other retail business to utilise the amount of space there, unless the building can be split up. The shop units are far too small in the market to make any impact and the only other place is the unit in Victoria Arcade which used to be a restaurant until it closed not too long ago. The problem is that when a new whatever type of retail shop, restaurant or eatery opens up, it takes the business away from the ones already here and you will still get a shop closing. At the moment it seems to be a no win situation for some.

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    Spooky

    Monday, March 24, 2014

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