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New discussion set on contentious Downham McDonald's and Starbucks plan




Additional proposals relating to a controversial plan to build new McDonald's and Starbucks branches on the edge of Downham are set to be discussed next week.

Earlier this week, town councillors unanimously opposed a scheme for the development of outlets on Bexwell Road, close to the A10.

But developers have also lodged three other planning applications with West Norfolk Council, which relate to the signage that is envisaged as part of the scheme.

Planning Applications (28610394)
Planning Applications (28610394)

And those proposals are due to be considered at a meeting of the Downham town council planning committee this Tuesday, February 11.

Supporters of the project argue that it will bring much needed jobs and a potential economic boost to the town if it is given the go-ahead.

But opponents say it is too close both to neighbouring residents and schools and out of keeping with the area.

Comments on the borough council's planning website are split almost evenly on the application.

The planning meeting is due to take place at the town council's offices in Paradise Road, starting at 7pm.

Members are also due to consider proposals for a new classroom at the town's Nelson Academy during the same meeting.


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