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Boroughbridge Road restaurant plan given go-ahead
PLANS for a new filling station and drive-through restaurant have been given the go-ahead, despite concerns it will exacerbate congestion on one of York's busiest roads.
The existing Wills & Ellis, garage by the roundabout of the A59 and the outer ring road, will be demolished as part of the outline planning proposal and a new filling station, shop and drive-through fast-food restaurant built in its place.
City of York Council officers have refuted claims that the site will make congestion worse, stating that customers will access the site from the A1237 and leave by turning left on to the A59, “significantly improving conditions for local highway users when compared with the existing situation”.
Stephen Ellis, of Wills & Ellis, said the plans are safe and complement roundabout improvements and said 20 new jobs would be created with the development.
However, the meeting heard complaints from residents that they had not been given notice of the proposed plans and said a notice next to the site had not been enough to alert them.
Carol Patten said: “We have had no notification of this major development on our doorstep. The Park&Ride and the roundabout are there to ease traffic. The development of the drive-through will restrict this road as traffic will have to use the roundabout, causing increased congestion.”
It has not yet been confirmed which restaurant will open on the site.
Meanwhile the goahead was given to a number of other projects at yesterday’s meeting.
Despite a spokesman for Roko gym and a local resident concerned about congestion, speaking against a new gym taking over the former Go Outdoors and Ikon & Diva site in Clifton Moor, the planning sub-committee granted it permission.
It will be run by Pure Gym and will be an affordable month-by-month subscription facility, the committee heard.
Eighteen houses and nine flats have been granted permission to be built in Beckfield Lane, at the site of the former waste tip.
Speaking in support of the project, Coun Tracey Simpson- Laing said they will be the first new council houses built in the city for “many decades”.
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