A new Costa Coffee and KFC drive-thru development near North Hykeham could be refused after officers said there were better places for it.
Taylor Home Lindsey, which owns Teal Park, just off the A46, has submitted the plans to North Kesteven District Council to build the new facilities on the site.
However, recommending refusal, officers will tell planning councillors next Wednesday that there are alternative sites – including land on Skellingthorpe Road, Tritton Road, Doddington Road and Whisby Road – which it says are “better connected” and more suitable.
“The applicant has failed to evidence that there are no sequentially preferable sites within the defined search area that are capable of accommodating the proposed development,” say officers in a report before the committee.
They add that the applicant has “failed to demonstrate flexibility in format and scale” and say the benefit of new employment would not outweigh the harm caused by the development.
The officers go on to criticise the design of the proposed restaurants and say they do not relate well to their surroundings or enhance the local area.
“The proposals would appear ‘cramped’ in particular when read against the car showroom on the opposite side of Teal Park Road and the backdrop of buildings elsewhere on Teal Park.
“Furthermore, the proposals when viewed against the [nearby] car showroom, would give the harmful perception of Teal Park operating as a non-B use class hot food retail/trade showroom-led development, therefore harming its legibility”
Taylor Lindsey says both companies have approved the designs, which include 74 car parking spaces, and would see the stores open 7am-6pm Monday to Saturday.
The say the development would be sustainable and meet local needs.
The company has submitted a 490-signature petition and seven letters from local businesses in support of the application.
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