Plans for a new service station and McDonald’s drive-thru off the A30 near Ottery St Mary have been turned down.
Blueprints for the plot at Straightway Head Junction, next to the Daisymount roundabout, were rejected by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Development Management Committee this morning (Monday).
Members went against officers’ recommendation to approve the scheme.
They voted by nine to six to refuse the bid on the grounds it would cause ‘significant harm in the open countryside in terms of landscape impact’ and that it was ‘unsustainable’.
‘This is the kind of thing I would expect to see on the outskirts of Slough’ – why service station and McDonald’s drive-thru plan near Ottery was refused
The proposals included:
- A petrol filling station with five pumps;
- A forecourt shop/sales building measuring 500 sq m located in the centre of the site comprising a sales area, a hot food and coffee outlet;
- A total of 103 car parking spaces, including 81 light vehicle spaces, four disabled spaces, 10 motorcycle spaces, eight HGV/coach spaces and two electric vehicle charging points;
- A two-storey building with accompanying drive-thru and associated outdoor play area. The applicant has stated that McDonald’s is the intended operator.
New CGI images of the scheme had been produced, but were met with criticism ahead of the meeting.
A report to the committee had said: “It is disappointing that the montages produced are not of a form or accuracy which can support officers in determining the impact that the proposal will have.
“Officers cannot be sure that the CGIs are 100 per cent accurate and as such do not recommend that members given them full weight when determining the application.”
Planning permission for a much larger service station – that also included a hotel – had previously been granted for the plot.
As a result, the report had said that officers were left in the same position they were in December – when a decision was deferred – and approval was recommended.
More on this morning’s meeting to follow..