Two weeks left to comment on plans for petrol station and two drive through restaurants off A14 at Elmswell

There is just a fortnight left for people to make their views known about plans for a petrol station and two drive through restaurants on land off the A14 at Elmswell.

The plans were initially submitted last year and comments about the scheme need to be made to Mid Suffolk District Council by May 14.

Both Elmswell Parish Council and Woolpit Parish Council have objected to the project and there has been a host of people who have also written to the council to raise their views against the proposals.

James Brady, of Heath Road, in Norton, said: “I strongly object to this proposed development on the grounds that it is the wrong site in the wrong place.

“The current access and exit to this site are not good sandwiched as they are between a very busy A road slip road and a roundabout. Extra development like that proposed here would be difficult and dangerous.

“Local people benefit from the presence of petrol stations in Woolpit and Norton as they also provide convenience goods and other services. Both of these business would be badly damaged by this development to the detriment of the local communities.”

Louise Bowden, of Ixworth Road, Norton, said: “I strongly object to this planning application. It  is totally unnecessary – we do not need another petrol station here … there are many petrol stations/food outlets along the A14 in close proximity to Woolpit and Elmswell and there are also two petrol stations in the villages of Woopit and Norton. I don’t think increasing the numbers of big corporate fast food restaurants should be supported or have any place on the edge of rural villages.”

James O’Doherty, of Warren Lane, in Elmswell, said: “This application for fast food and a petrol station on the plans submitted seems to be a very dangerous application, as it is already a busy junction on and off the A14. To build this would be really detrimental to an already village growing in size and poor access to the A14.

And Jennifer Tooke-Marchant, of Whatley Close, Elmswell, added: “Does the world need more junk food vendors? The development site is slap bang in the middle of the two churches and would fundamentally alter the character of the area, introducing lighting, advertising and signage more suited to a large town or business estate.

“Is this application offering real, long-term benefits to the local area and to society as a whole? I suggest it is not. I suggest it is offering to damage the environment, the character of the local area and the health of people.”

You can make comments by visiting http://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/development-management/application-search-and- comment/search-for-applications/

 

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