PLANS for Gosport’s first drive-through restaurant have been given the go-ahead by the narrowest of margins.
A planning application was submitted back in September to Gosport Borough Council to redevelop the old Cyanamid factory, on Fareham Road.
The plans have been given the green light by the council’s regulatory board after the tied vote was carried by the chairman, cllr Wayne Ronayne’s casting vote.
The vote had been tied at six for and six against.
The creation of a drive-through restaurant and coffee shop with parking can now go ahead.
Nearby resident Graham Lloyd, of Fareham Road, spoke against the plans at the meeting.
Speaking afterwards he said: ‘My main concern over the plans was the increased traffic this will cause on Lederle Lane. When the drive-through finally opens there will be long queues as you turn right on to Lederle Lane and this traffic wanting to travel north.
‘I feel the councillors have underestimated the effect that it will have on the junction as traffic travels north.’
But Cllr Mark Hook, leader of the borough council, spoke in favour of the plans during the debate.
He said he supported the developer and said new jobs in the area are important.
He said: ‘The Cyanamid site used to provide over 3,000 jobs in the area so it is important that jobs are created here.
‘With a drive-through restaurant being built, this will also provide job opportunities for the younger generation and that’s what is needed.
‘And with these plans I see no reason that traffic will be any better or worse.’
Developers now have permission but a deal has yet to be agreed with an operator, with project developer Oceanic Estates looking to now strike a deal.
But Bridgemary North ward councillor Dennis Wright said: ‘Local residents suffer from continual noise with the A32 close by and works on helicopter repairs at Fleetlands.
‘This decision will now see an increase in levels of noise.’
‘Also this will see an increase in traffic on the A32.
‘With the approval this may now create 50 jobs many of them will only be part-time and this will not solve the problems with job losses at other sites.’
Neil Holmes, of Quayside Architects, said the plans would not increase congestion.