GOSPORT’S first drive-through could be a KFC, new plans have revealed.
Designs for the KFC and a coffee drive-through at 154 Fareham Road, on the old Cyanamid site, in Bridgemary, are due to be approved at the council’s regulatory board meeting next week.
No final contract has been agreed with site developer Oceanic Estates so it is not certain that KFC will move in.
Two letters of objection have been raised by residents.
Sharon Moon, of Lederle Lane, complained that the drive-through will be too close to her home.
In her objection, she said: ‘This new development’s location is incompatible with the surrounding residential area and we will suffer from overlooking and loss of privacy.
‘We feel this sort of development should be placed as far away from residential properties as possible. The site is large enough for the restaurant to be placed over the west site of development, as Barwell Lane is an industrial area and not residential.’
Grahame Lloyd, of Fareham Road, wrote with concerns about anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Dennis Wright is the ward councillor for Bridgemary North.
He said he had concerns about the plans for the residents living in the two bungalows at Lederle Lane.
He said: ‘I do have concerns about the number of signs that are going to placed there – there’s about 21.
‘Some of the signs are immediately facing the bungalows in Lederle Lane.
‘I’m also concerned about the traffic levels.
‘The people who live in the bungalows are already concerned that whenever vehicles go along Lederle Land and Fareham Road it causes vibrations to their bungalows.
‘Now we are going to get extra vehicles.’
He added there may be traffic hold-ups with vehicles coming out of Gosport turning turn right into Lederle Lane for the drive-through.
Harry Hutchinson, a director at Oceanic Estates, which is redeveloping the site, said a lot of work had been done with traffic consultants and that the development is less imposing than the old 1970s-era office block.
‘We’ve spent a lot of time and effort with external consultants,’ he said.
‘We’ve worked hard to push the building into a good, suitable location.’
As reported, outline permission was given in December.