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Revised plans for new McDonald's restaurant

PUBLISHED: 13:25 14 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:25 14 November 2019

This is how a new McDonald's in Cromer could look. Pictures: NNDC Planning documents/ McDonald's

This is how a new McDonald's in Cromer could look. Pictures: NNDC Planning documents/ McDonald's

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Revised plans for a McDonald's restaurant in Cromer have been backed by the town council.

This is how a new McDonald's in Cromer could look. Pictures: NNDC Planning documents/ McDonald'sThis is how a new McDonald's in Cromer could look. Pictures: NNDC Planning documents/ McDonald's

Proposals were submitted earlier this year by Central England Co-op to erect the new restaurant on the wider Co-operative Foodstore site, in Middlebrook Way, next to Holt Road.

The new restaurant with an associated drive-through lane would be about 650m from the town centre.

If approved, it would be the first McDonald's restaurant on the north Norfolk coast.

Concerns were raised at the time of the original application and Cromer Town Council objected to the proposals, although it accepted the economic potential of the move and the potential creation of 30 new full-time and 35 part-time jobs.

The Co-operative store car park, which could soon become a McDonald's.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Co-operative store car park, which could soon become a McDonald's. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

New plans have now been lodged with North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to re-develop the car park and erect a restaurant with associated drive-through lane, including two customer order displays, and an external play area.

As a consultee, the town council said it had no objections to the revised proposals.

But it added: "We ask that the play equipment is fully accessible for all children and that any gaps in the bank are filled with more tree planting.

"Cromer Town Council also ask that a contribution is made towards the provision of a litter bin to be sited on Holt Road outside the Old Cemetery Wildlife Site."

Town councillor Tim Adams added: "We have been pleased that McDonald's has been so responsive to our concerns. There's still some way to go, but we are heading in the right direction."

The proposed opening hours are from 5am until midnight, seven days a week.

In the original application, NNDC's environmental protection team highlighted gaps in the various noise, light and odour reports submitted by the restaurant chain, which had to be addressed. And it also highlighted the impact on first floor rooms on Sandy Lane as a concern.

Residents also objected to the plans on the NNDC planning website, partly on the grounds of light and noise pollution.

However, other people were in favour of the plans and said the chain would bring jobs and encourage tourism.

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