A new ‘drive-through’ takeaway and restaurant could be built on the car park of the Asda superstore in Longwell Green, if plans submitted to the local council are approved. The restaurant will cater for sit down diners, takeaway food and delivery meals, and will be open 24 hours a day.
It will be built on a section of the supermarket’s car park in Barr’s Court, meaning there would be 41 less spaces for drivers. It will create 40 new jobs, according to a planning statement submitted to South Gloucestershire Council. Twenty will be full time and 20 will be part time, and they will be “suitable for a range of skill sets and working hours”.
The application has been submitted by the EG Group, which is owned by the same brothers – Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa – who own Asda. Last year, the Evening Standard reported that healthy fast food brand Leon was launching its first drive-thru restaurant after being bought by the EG Group.
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The restaurant was opened in West Yorkshire, and the company said that it was the “first of many” drive-thru locations planned across the country. The planning statement also says that the restaurant will be “situated on an existing retail site in an existing retail location where it is well situated to serve customers to these facilities, passing by (or nearby) the site by car on the surrounding route network or employed by those businesses.
It continues: “There are no suitable sites available, or expected to become available, in the nearest centres and even these would not allow a restaurant to serve the same area as the proposed outlet.” However, two local residents have already raised objections to the proposal.
Mrs Claire Milner wrote a comment on the council’s planning website which said: “As a local resident looking out onto the car park this 24 hour option brings the likely prospect of youths and cars congregating around this area at late hours. The Asda car park has suffered a lot in the past (pre covid) with regards to people meeting late at night with cars for loud ‘rides’ and stunts in the cars.
“This brought significant noise issues. The police I believe were involved and this has the potential to bring this back. Not only in the car park but greater amount of cars too and from the restaurant at night.
“I would support this for general hours finishing at 10pm but not 24 hour opening. There is already light pollution from the car park into my house meaning I require black out blinds from the flickering lighting at that corner of the car park. This again is likely to make it worse.”
While Paul Lillis wrote: “I would strongly object to this planning application, the noise that already comes from Asda is out of control as well as the traffic.” The planning statement submitted by the EG group says that “noise is not a significant risk and the proposed development is considered suitable”.
You can view the planning application on the council’s website by clicking here.
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