Controversy as drive-through Starbucks and KFC are proposed at Norwich’s Postwick Hub

The Postwick Hub, where a drive-through Starbucks and KFC could be built. Picture: Mike Page.

The Postwick Hub, where a drive-through Starbucks and KFC could be built. Picture: Mike Page. - Credit: Mike Page

A controversial development in the heart of the Postwick Hub could include a KFC and a Starbucks, but plans for a hotel have been abandoned.

Andrew Cawdron, Great and Little Plumstead parish councillor.

Andrew Cawdron, Great and Little Plumstead parish councillor. - Credit: Archant

Preston-based consultants PWA Planning has been drawing up plans, on behalf of Euro Garages, for a site to the east of Norwich, next to the A47 and A1042.

It has previously been used as a vehicle compound and for huts for the workers who built the junction, which will also serve as the gateway to the Norwich Northern Distributor Road.

Public consultation over plans, which initially included a hotel and a pub, as well as two drive-throughs and a petrol station, took place in December.

That sparked concern among people living in nearby villages that it will lead to even more traffic.

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A planning application has now been lodged with Broadland District Council, with the pub and hotel elements removed.

The two drive-throughs are still proposed and the application names the potential occupiers as KFC and Starbucks, while a Sainsbury's Local is earmarked to be based in the petrol station.

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If the drive-through Starbucks gets the green light it would be the coffee chain's first drive-through outlet in Norfolk.

The application also includes 24 spaces for heavy goods vehicles.

In documents lodged with Broadland District Council, the developers said: 'The works would result in the active re-use of a vacant, strategically located site which will bring significant benefits to the local economy which should be considered a major, material gain in the overall planning balance.'

But Andrew Cawdron, who represents Thorpe End on Great and Little Plumstead Parish Council, said he would be objecting to the proposal.

He said: 'I think it's a dreadful application. Having drive-throughs is an invitation for accidents to happen when people drive off with their food or coffee.

'This was never part of the initial design for the hub and I think it would detract from the Broadland Gate Business Park.

'They are trying to encourage an increase in traffic at what is already a very difficult junction.'

A decision on whether the proposal will be permitted will be taken at a future meeting of Broadland District Council's planning committee.

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