Fast food drive through set for West Wickham despite anti campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:45 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:45 24 February 2016

The proposed KFC site (source googlemaps)

The proposed KFC site (source googlemaps)


The decision was made the council earlier this month

Campaigners against a proposed KFC drive through restaurant in West Wickham have expressed disappointment after proposals were given the green light.

The fast-food restaurant is set to be built at the site of the former La Rioja restaurant in Wickham Road.

A campaign group set up against the proposal had highlighted the impact a drive through could have on local traffic.

The decision was deferred by Bromley Council back in October, as it opted to carry out an extensive traffic report.

Four months on from the deferral, the application issued a fresh application to Bromley Council.

Then on February 4, at a meeting of Bromley Council’s plans sub-committee, the council took the decision to give the plans the green light.

Kat Clarke, from the Say No to KFC Drive Through campaign questioned the decision.

She said: “Obviously it’s disappointing, the council having got the report about the impacts of the traffic.

“I thought the council were going to dismiss the application, until an officer said the council would be unlikely to win an appeal from the restaurant.

“It just seems defeatist of the council to say they won’t reject an application because they might lose an appeal.”

The former restaurant is based just half a mile from a McDonald’s drive through, and is based on a busy roundabout.

A council spokesperson said: “This whole application has been given very careful consideration, including deferring the original application to allow for a further traffic assessment to be completed.

“Other concerns such as noise and the potential impact on nature conservation locally were also regarded, with feedback from the consultation and the advice from specialists duly considered.

“Whilst the Committee did on balance approve the application, there are a number of conditions which have been imposed, including the requirement that the traffic management must be agreed by TfL as the road is a Red Route and managed by TfL”

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