Plans for a drive-through Burger King look set to be turned down by the council at their planning meeting on Friday according to an article in the Chronicle published yesterday.
80 objections were submitted by local residents along with over 400 signatures to a petition against the proposed development. Six councillors objected to the proposal and the local MP, Chi Onwurah, expressed her concern.
Chi said, “The West End of Newcastle already has a huge number of fast food outlets. Residents complain to me regularly about the litter that they cause. We also know the North East has some of the highest rates of obesity in the country and all the consequences for health and quality of life. This location is very close to a primary school at a time when we need to be promoting a healthier start in life for the next generation of Geordies.”
The council’s public health department also oppose the scheme, stating that Newcastle’s provision of fast food outlets is more than 50% higher than the national average.
The planning committee meeting is at 9:30am on Friday 18 September. It will be live streamed so you can watch the meeting on YouTube. More details are on the council website: