Councillors at North Kesteven District Council have gone against their officers’ recommendations and approved a new Costa Coffee and KFC drive-thru for North Hykeham.
Officers had suggested that members of the authority turn down Taylor Home Lindsey’s plans for Teal Park, just off the A46, saying there were better alternative sites.
However, members of the committee took a different view and granted the proposals permission.
Following the meeting, Council Leader Richard Wright – who argued in support of the plans – said the original aspirations and aims for the business park to be retail/trade showroom-led had been slower to come to fruition than hoped.
He said the “minor departure” from the initial plan would, however, deliver jobs and “add vibrancy to the site” moving it forward “in a manner consistent with the overall plan for the area.
“People may question why a council that takes such a proactive approach on tackling obesity should sanction a drive-thru fast food retailer at this location,” he said.
“The position I took was that while we have no discretion on who the trader is, we do have discretion on where they trade and we felt that ultimately there is a greater degree of adult supervision and informed choice in the purchase of food here rather than the relative ease of accessing take-away food in a high-street location.”
The designs include 74 car parking spaces, and will see the stores open 7am-6pm Monday to Saturday.
Taylor Lindsey submitted a 490-signature petition and seven letters from local businesses in support of the application.
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