McDonald’s at Thickthorn set to get go-ahead

The land between the B1172 and the A47 next to the Thickthorn roundabout where plans have been lodge

The land between the B1172 and the A47 next to the Thickthorn roundabout where plans have been lodged for a McDonald's Drive Through. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Plans to build a McDonald's drive-through restaurant at the Thickthorn interchange near Norwich are set to get the go-ahead.

The land between the B1172 and the A47 next to the Thickthorn roundabout where plans have been lodge

The land between the B1172 and the A47 next to the Thickthorn roundabout where plans have been lodged for a McDonald's Drive Through. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Planning officers at South Norfolk Council have recommend that the building of the restaurant should be approved by the council's development management committee next week.

The fast food giant submitted a planning application to South Norfolk Council in March, seeking to develop land near to the existing park and ride, Travelodge and Burger King near the interchange where the A11 meets the A47.

Applicants claim that the restaurant, which they hope will operate 24-hours a day, would create more than 65 full-time and part-time jobs, and that 'almost all' of these would be recruited from the local community.

The development would include 60 car parking spaces, the seating area would have 140 covers and the restaurant would use 'natural and neutral' colours to integrate into its surroundings.


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Other features of the application include cycle racks for customer use.

Cringleford Parish Council are completely opposed to the proposal stating that it is 'inappropriate to expand the hub of commercial activity' between Hethersett and Cringleford and raised concerns about litter and road safety.

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However Hethersett Parish Council recommended the approval of the restaurant but were concerned by the impact on pedestrian access to the Park & Ride.

There are currently seven other McDonald's restaurants within six miles of the site, including one at Longwater.

The application is set to be decided at a planning meeting on October 12.

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