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MORE than 50 nearby residents have lodged objections to a plan to include a drive-through coffee shop and a drive-through restaurant in proposals for a new supermarket at Warrington.

Lidl have already revealed proposals for their proposed store on the two hectare site at Omega South.

But plans to be considered by the borough council’s development management committee next Thursday indicate that McDonalds and Costa are being suggested for the drive-through establishments.

In addition to opposition from 52 residents, there are also objections from borough councillors representing Great Sankey North, Whittle Hall, Burtonwood and Winwick.

Outline planning consent for a mixed use development, including food and drink, has already been granted.

Much of the opposition is to the drive-through elements of the proposals. Some residents support the plans for a Lidle supermarket.

Residents and councillors draw attention to healthy eating aspects of the proposals, particularly as they would be close to schools. There are also concern about litter, noise, traffic, anti-social behaviour, lack on consultation and impact on the local environment.

They point out that there are already a number of supermarkets, coffee outlets and McDonalds within a 3km radius.

But Warrington Borough Council officers say the proposals would be in line with the existing outline consent. They say there are tangible benefits in allowing the drive-through proposals as it is unlikely that the supermarket scheme would prove viable without them.

They recommend the application by Omega Warrington Ltd (OWL) be approved.


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