Radcliffe-on-Trent: Plan for new Starbucks drive-thru on A52 in Nottinghamshire withdrawn

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Proposal raised concerns over safety, traffic and littering

Plans to build a new Starbucks drive-thru next to a busy road in Nottinghamshire have been scrapped.

Calder Investment Properties Ltd wanted to build the coffee chain alongside the eastbound carriageway on the Radcliffe Road A52.

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The proposal included reconfiguring the existing Mewar Haveli Indian restaurant between Gamston and Radcliffe-on-Trent to create a new car park and collection window.

Plans have been revealed to replace the Haveli restaurant with a Starbucks drive-thru.Plans have been revealed to replace the Haveli restaurant with a Starbucks drive-thru.
Plans have been revealed to replace the Haveli restaurant with a Starbucks drive-thru.

However, the developer withdrew the plans for consideration on September 20 but did not provide a reason.

The plan had attracted criticism from nearby residents who claimed the project was unsuitable and raised issues over an increase in noise, traffic and littering.

‘Safety concers’

Nottinghamshire County Council‘s highways department, which is responsible for the county’s roads, did not raise any objections.

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National Highways, which is responsible for the country’s motorways and major A roads, objected to the plan and raised concerns over safety, the size of the site and an increase in visits.

It said an increase in visits due to increased opening hours and the appeal of the drive-thru to motorists when compared to the existing restaurant, and the cramped nature of the site, was not suitable.

The authority also raised issues with a lack of visibility at junctions, which may have caused traffic to queue back onto the A52, and the initial plans incorrectly stated the road’s speed limit was 50mph instead of 70mph.