A controversial proposal to build a Burger King at a petrol station in Peterborough has been resubmitted to planners, just weeks after being withdrawn.
The owners of Horsey Way Service Station Stanground, have re-launched their bid to open a franchise of the fast-food giant at the site in in Whittlesey Road.
Petrogas UK had submitted a request for planning permission to Peterborough City Council in June, only to withdraw the application last month.
Now, another application - bearing an identical description to its predecessor, but with a new report on the potential impact on traffic levels - has been posted on Peterborough City Council’s planning portal website.
The plans for a takeaway restaurant sparked anger among people living near the service station, which backs on to properties in Coneygree Road and Haddon Close, with concerns centring on noise, odour, litter, as well as traffic.
Member of Peterborough City Council for Stanground East Cllr Chris Harper, who campaigned against the development, said he was “disappointed for the residents” the application had been resubmitted.
He said: “The objections don’t change. We will carry on fighting.”
The development would create six additional full-time and seven part-time jobs, taking the total number of people employed on site from 10 to 23.
Cllr Harper said: “It can’t be jobs at any cost. It’s as simple as that. Of course we want jobs, but it’s the wrong place. No-one has got any objections about someone wanting to build a Burger King. It’s purely the positioning and the effect it would have on local residents.”
Managing director of Petrogas UK Michael O’Loughlin said the £500,000 proposal would help secure the future of the business in Horsey Way amid competition from nearby supermarkets run by Tesco and Morrisons.
He said: “This investment will hopefully stabilise the site’s future for the next 10 to 15 years.”
He added that the spend would also result in a revamp of the premises and be a boon for consumers through increased competition.
He also moved to reassure residents over their concerns about the potential impact of the development.
He said: “We want to be good neighbours.
“We want to run our business and get on with our local community.”
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The application in numbers
The build would add 269.7 sq m to the 228 sq m premises.
Parking spaces would increase from nine to 18 for cars and from three to seven for bicycles.
There would be six motorbike spaces created, along with two disability spaces.
Opening hours are not listed in the new application but on the old one they had been given as 9am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 10pm on Sunday.