Search

New McDonald’s, Marks and Spencer and BP petrol station to be built on A140

PUBLISHED: 16:31 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 13 June 2018

Land near the Scole roundabout.Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Land near the Scole roundabout.Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434

A new McDonald’s and Marks and Spencer are to be built alongside a BP petrol station and cafe close to a small village – despite objections from nearby residents.

The proposal to build the petrol station alongside a drive-through restaurant and associated sales buildings on land next to the A140/A143 roundabout at Scole, near Diss, was submitted to Mid-Suffolk District Council in June last year.

The application was granted permission on June 8 upon the recommendation that the development include increased cycle parking, charging points for electric cars as well as pedestrian and cycle access.

But when the proposal for the 1.45 hectare site which is currently an empty field was submitted, it got a mixed reception from the community, with the McDonalds’s proving to be particularly divisive.

Michael Rogers, from Palgrave, said: “I think this will be an excellent location, perfect for families in the area that are sick of having to drive to Thetford, Bury or Norwich to give their kids a treat.

“This will, as others have noted, alleviate a lot of the traffic that goes into Diss just to fuel up and with the M&S, it will make the bread and milk runs quicker and easier.”

However Samantha Laurie, from Scole, said: “I feel this development will have a detrimental impact on the survival of local businesses competing with prices set by this multi-national corporation.

“The financial beneficiary will not be the local economy of Diss, Scole and surrounding areas. There are already many eateries and fuel stations within the local area, many run by small, independent providers trying to stay financially afloat.”

Others against the application included Scole Parish Council which raised concerns over the location of development, its size and road safety.

The Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group raised similar objections, as well as concerns over the “likely impacts of the development on the very sensitive river valley, water meadow and its rare species.”

The new development will be accessed from a new slip road off the north-bound A140, with customers exiting onto the west-bound stretch of the A143.

Following its approval, developers will have three years to commence work on the site.

Other news

08:58

Gym-goers have been given a glimpse of what to expect from a major £2m expansion and improvement to a Norfolk town leisure centre.

Yesterday, 14:40

Norfolk’s cultural champions were celebrated in style on Friday night at a glittering ceremony at Norwich Cathedral.

Yesterday, 14:25

The family of a little boy with a genetic disorder so rare even doctors had to Google hope to set up a foundation to help other parents and push for advances in treatment.

Yesterday, 13:56

Police will begin using lie detector tests on sex offenders in Norfolk to help identify previously unknown information.

Most Read

At the tail-end of the 1800s, a series of strange goings-on haunted Bumbler’s Farm in Shelfanger: doors opened and closed of their own accord, a towel roller in the kitchen spun violently as if powered by an unseen hand, ornaments in the parlour crashed to the ground and the ghostly figure of a woman was seen.

Read more
Instagram
Fri, 11:41

A roof fire attended by 23 fire fighters last night was in a cannabis factory, police have revealed.

Read more
08:58

Gym-goers have been given a glimpse of what to expect from a major £2m expansion and improvement to a Norfolk town leisure centre.

Read more
South Norfolk Council
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A newly-constructed boardwalk which forms part of the £3.4m Heritage Triangle project in a market town is nearing completion.

Read more
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Treat the kids to hours of fun on flumes, inflatables and wave machines at these cool pools across the county...

Read more
Wales

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 7°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Diss Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy