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Fight to stop drive-through goes on following deferral

PUBLISHED: 14:27 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:27 15 October 2015

The proposed KFC site (source googlemaps)

The proposed KFC site (source googlemaps)

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Committee waits for traffic report before final decision on KFC proposals in West Wickham

A decision on plans to build a new fast food drive-through at the former site of La Rioja in West Wickham was put off last week.

The council’s plans sub-committee deferred its decision on the proposed KFC drive-through, less than half-a-mile from a McDonalds drive-through.

The application has been criticised for its location close to a busy West Wickham roundabout.

A campaign called “Say No to KFC Drive Thru” has gathered speed, with more than 2,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook, and more than 1,000 signatures on an online petition against the proposal.

Kat Clarke, from the campaign, said: “We were extremely pleased as at one point during the committee as voting was five to one to dismiss the plans.”

“A planning officer informed the committee that any appeals following a dismissal would be expensive, and then they backtracked and decided they would carry out a further traffic report before making a final decision.

“If you let things go because of cost that’s a bad place to be for Bromley Council.”

Plans sub-committee member Kevin Brooks, responded: “It came down to deferring or dismissing the application.

“We decided that our reasons for dismissal were actually more in line with a deferral until we have the traffic report completed, to fully understand the impact of the plans.”

“I’m not sure it had anything to do with costs, we simply felt it was better to run a traffic report before outright dismissing the proposal.”

A council spokesperson announced the application would be discussed again after a traffic evaluation has been carried out.

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