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KFC launches appeal to build on Ipswich Road site
11:45am Friday 9th August 2013 in News
FAST food giant KFC has launched an appeal in a bid to build a new restaurant and drive-thru on the edge of Colchester.
The firm was refused permission to build the drive-thru in July but yesterday announced its intention to appeal the decision.
During the planning meeting, it was agreed Tendring District Council, which decided the application, would include a reason for refusal covering the impact on Colchester town centre, as long as it received support from Colchester Council in writing.
But before that letter came, KFC lodged its appeal on the grounds of non-determination, because the application was not decided within 12 weeks of it being submitted, in December last year.
Stephanie Dass, who lives in the historic Lion and Lamb cottage beside the proposed KFC site, in Ipswich Road, said: “It seems KFC is now banking on a technicality in terms of a delay when they probably caused the delay to an extent.”
Planners did ask KFC for more details on the application because they believed it was incomplete.
She added: “Now we are looking at an appeal because of the delay, which is not very fair on the people who have worked hard.
“I only hope the planning inspector gives the council and the people who spoke against the application a chance to put their view across.”
A Colchester Council spokeswoman said: "Tendring Council has requested our assistance in defending its position.
"Our officers are in the process of finalising our commnts."
Carlo Guglielmi, district councillor responsible for planning, said: “This type of business should be out of town and away from residential dwellings like all other drive-thru restaurants.
“We have a duty to protect our residents’ amenities from the noise and the pollution that this will create.”
Residents, MPs and councillors also objected to the plan, which would see the restaurant open between 6am and 11pm seven days-a-week, because it would increase litter and anti-social behaviour in the area.”
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