Could a new petrol station, fast-food restaurant and coffee shop be built near Bury?
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Plans for a petrol station along with a drive-through restaurant and coffee shop near the A14 on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds have been revealed.
Euro Garages Ltd has submitted proposals for the development just off Newmarket Road on vacant land between the A14 and the A1302.
Around 90 jobs could be created if the plans, which include the creation of an improved access point off Newmarket Road, are approved by West Suffolk Council.
Architect's drawings on the application suggest the drive-through coffee shop could be a Starbucks.
Euro Garages lists its partners as Starbucks, Subway, KFC, Greggs, Spar, Burger King, BP, Esso and Shell on its website.
MORE: Developers spell out their vision for new services near the A14 at WhersteadThe forecourt operators, who own 338 sites across the country and are one of Britain's biggest private companies, also want to bring two further schemes to Suffolk - at the A14 at Sproughton and the A14 at Wherstead.
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Developers said the challenge was how to integrate buildings on the site without diminishing the area outside Bury St Edmunds.
The design and access statement on the application reads: "In considering the design proposals it has been key to address the visual impact upon what is generally an open parcel of land albeit sandwiched between two highways.
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"On the periphery of the townscape, the site has the potential to be quite prominent visually which obviously suits the proposed uses, yet the challenge is how to integrate the buildings and uses into a comprehensive design that does not detract from the wider landscape context.
"The design of a landscape proposal of naturalised planting shields views from distance and mitigates the potential for interuption in the wider panorama of the area."
MORE: Plans revealed for former motocross track off the A14 at SproughtonA previous application from Marston's Brewery for a pub/restaurant on the site was refused in March 2017 and subsequently dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate last year.
Euro Garages said the conclusions of the Planning Inspector have been considered "at length" in view of its application.
But the company added that Marston's refusal related to technical matters and "there was not an in-principle policy objection to the development of the site for Class A3/A4 [pub/restaurant] purposes".