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Bulwell: Greggs drive-thru plans ‘improved’ over pollution concerns

Plans for a Greggs drive-thru in Bulwell have been improved after councillors sent them back to the drawing board over pollution and design concerns.

Developer Mersenne Developments Ltd submitted plans to build on the site of the former Apollo Hotel in Hucknall Lane in January this year.

It had hoped to build a Greggs outlet on the site, including a drive-thru, alongside a Subway and a tanning salon.

However residents objected over fears of “rat infestations” and noise issues, prompting a number of alterations to be made, including changes to the operating hours.

And despite the changes, Nottingham City Council’s planning committee chose to delay a decision on the plans on June 21, having raised further issue with potential pollution and the design of the drive-through building.

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The developer has since been trying to address the concerns, including through an air quality assessment.

Planning documents say: “The applicant has commissioned an air quality assessment and has provided a report, which concludes that the development-generated traffic emissions will not have a significant impact on local air quality and that further mitigation measures are not required.

“Environmental Health have reviewed the report and have confirmed that they accept its findings.

“It is therefore considered that the proposed development will not significantly impact upon local air quality.”

The former Apollo Hotel, which operated as a pub, was demolished in 2012 and a hand car wash was later set up on the site.

On top of the pollution and air quality survey, the applicant has also agreed to make a number of changes to the building’s design.

These include changing cladding to brickwork and providing space for solar panels on the roof.

More trees will also be planted around the site.

The plans will now return to the city council’s planning committee on Wednesday, July 19.

They have been recommended for approval in pre-meeting documents.

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