POLL: Does Downham Market need a McDonalds, Burger King or KFC?

The site earmarked for a takeaway off the A10 on the Bexwell Roundabout near Downham Market. Picture

The site earmarked for a takeaway off the A10 on the Bexwell Roundabout near Downham Market. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The town could soon be getting one - but developers say it would only attract 'passing trade'.

Developers have applied for permission to build an 88-seater restaurant and takeaway next to the roundabout on the A10 at Bexwell.

In a planning statement, they say: 'Informal discussions with the [town centre] manager confirmed that, at present, Downham Market does not provide this type of facility.

'While restaurants and takeaways are present in Downham market, it is though these are principally used by the immediate residents of Downham Market.

'The A3/A5 proposal is intended to campture trade passing Downham Market rather than draw trade from the town centre.'

People commenting on the planning application aren't quite so convinced.

One said: 'Are the people in Norfolk so unable to cook at home they need another restaurant, there's already one 50 yards down the road.'

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Another added: 'Fast food restaurants are usually more associated with built up areas of industrial parks not an entry to a pleasant small market town.'

A number said they were concerned about the site's proximity to Downham market Academy, five minutes' walk away.

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West Norfolk council said a decision is expected to be made next month.

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