No fast food drive through


This website was created in response to plans to build a drive through Burger King on the site of the former West End Police Station on Westgate Road, Newcastle.

Newcastle City Council’s planning committee along with local residents were strongly opposed to this proposal for the following reasons:

  • A drive-through Burger King would look out of place and would not improve the character of the area.
  • The only entrance and exit to the drive-through, shops & flats is at the top of Dunholme Road.
  • 120 cars per hour could result in queues forming onto Dunholme Road junction and Westgate Road.
  • Temptation for school children to eat unhealthy food.
  • Trees and greenery on the site have been removed and the development does not improve the landscape.
  • The development is in a residential area and would cause noise disturbance from cars, deliveries, waste collections and kitchen equipment.

The drive through restaurant would significantly increase traffic very close to a busy pedestrian crossing in close proximity to three schools.

Four bus stops, outside of the proposed Burger King site, are on children’s school routes.

More traffic on feeder roads, junctions, crossings, bus stops and residential streets represent serious safety concerns.

The proposed site represents an opportunity for a developer to enhance the West End of the city and build something that would provide an amenity and resource for our community.

A fast food drive through restaurant of any description in a residential area with the highest levels of fast food outlets close to primary and secondary schools and bus stops is an unthinkable proposition for the city. If it had been granted it would have set a precedent in the area.

Planning applications for the site were submitted twice and soundly rejected. [The first in August 2019 and the second in July 2020. There were 183 objections to the original planning application and 900 signatories to a petition. The second application received 137 objections, showing the strength of feeling in the local community.]

During the planning committee review hearing of the plans, it was noted that rarely does a proposal contravene so many council policy directives.

Following the refusal, the developer took the plans to appeal in 2021 but the appeal was rejected by the planning inspector.

Litter outside the proposed site