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Nottingham Greggs drive-thru plans ‘wholly inappropriate’

A developer has changed its plans for a Greggs drive-through in Bulwell after residents criticised them as “wholly inappropriate”.

Drive-through specialists Mersenne Developments Ltd, based in Hereford, submitted plans to build on the site of the former Apollo Hotel in Hucknall Lane in January this year.

At the time it announced proposals to establish a Greggs restaurant on the site, alongside two other retail units.

However they were hit with concerns from people living nearby, and the plans will now be brought in front of Nottingham City Council’s planning committee on June 21 with a number of changes.

Residents in Hucknall Lane, Ventura Drive and Saxondale Court were consulted on the plans.

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One resident said: “I notified you of risks regarding rodent infestation emanating from the River Leen, drawn towards open-air food outlets
installed on the car wash site.”

Another two people who objected also raised issue with potential rat infestations and added: “The opening hours of the development are not appropriate for a site that shares a direct boundary with residential properties, and will have an impact on our quality of life.

“The location of the drive-through is wholly inappropriate behind three residential properties, and the food order points and outside customer seating being directly behind our back gardens.

“The acoustic fence installed on the site does nothing to minimise the
noise generated on the site, which will only increase with the increased number of visitors to the site.”

The former Apollo Hotel, which operated as a pub, was demolished in 2012.

A hand car wash was later established on the site but the business owner’s temporary consent to run it expired, leading to issues with the local authority at the time.

The applicant has sought to quash concerns over previous wording which stated the two other units would be for “hot food takeaway use”, by revealing the businesses it proposes will inhabit them will be a Subway and Indigo Sun, a tanning salon.

Planning documents state opening hours have also been amended.

They say: “The applicant has recently amended their proposed hours of operation from 06:30 to 23:00 Monday to Saturday, to 07:00 to 22:00 Monday to Saturday.

“Sundays and Bank Holidays are unchanged, being proposed as 08:00 to 20:00.”

The plans state more than 30 jobs could be created for “local workers”.

Environmental Health has not raised any concerns, subject to conditions which include submitting a noise report, retaining the acoustic fence and a promise to stick to the proposed opening hours.

Nottingham councillors will discuss the plans on Wednesday, June 21 at Loxley House.

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