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Christchurch Town Council objects to proposal for drive-thru takeaways at the junction of The Grove and Barrack Road





CHRISTCHURCH Town Council has maintained its objection to plans for drive-thru takeaways at a busy junction as the scheme goes to appeal.

Developer Fortitudo wants to construct two new takeaway restaurants along Christchurch Road on empty land at the junction of The Grove and Barrack Road.

There would be on site parking and access via Barrack Road with an exit onto The Grove.

The site on the corner of The Grove and Barrack Road in Christchurch where Fortitudo wants to build drive-through takeaways
The site on the corner of The Grove and Barrack Road in Christchurch where Fortitudo wants to build drive-through takeaways

But at a meeting of the council’s planning and regulatory committee, town mayor Vivienne Charrett said it should object on the grounds of traffic and highways issues, that the proposal is contrary to planning policies and would have an adverse effect on traffic.

Addressing members, Cllr Charrett said that if allowed the takeaways would lead to “increased congestion and slow down the bus routes”.

The site on the corner of The Grove and Barrack Road
The site on the corner of The Grove and Barrack Road

She also said the location was unsuitable because it is at the intersection of a large residential area and will “cause significant disruption to neighbours”.

The site on the corner of The Grove and Barrack Road in Christchurch where Fortitudo wants to build drive-through takeaways
The site on the corner of The Grove and Barrack Road in Christchurch where Fortitudo wants to build drive-through takeaways

There was also the loss of open space to consider with the site being a “distinctive” feature “helping to separate Christchurch from Bournemouth.

Fortitudo has taken the application to appeal after BCP Council failed to make a ruling on the scheme, which drew more than 150 objections.



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