Drive-thru plan for Morley garage

Service Station, Bruntcliffe Road, Morley
Service Station, Bruntcliffe Road, Morley

Plans for a 24-hour drive-thru restaurant in Morley have sparked speculation as to whether a fast-food chain is to open up in the town.

The application was discussed last night by Morley Town Council’s planning committee to demolish Victoria Petrol Station on Bruntcliffe Road and build a replacement petrol station and convenience store along with a 24-hour a drive-thru coffee shop/restaurant.

The plans, that show parking for 41 cars and employment of 30 people, have caused concern amongst residents and councillors who fear that it will bring increased traffic, anti-social behaviour and noise.

The site is also opposite land where planning permission by Barratt Homes for 200 houses was granted last year, despite almost 400 letters of objection.

Christine Guy, who lives on Bruntcliffe Road, said: “It’s the restaurant that’s a worry. There are people directly opposite the site and next door - it’s them I feel sorry for. There’s the traffic and noise to consider.

“We will just have to wait and see what happens next.”

Councillors have already said they will oppose the planning application for the restaurant.

Coun Robert Finnigan said that although there is no mention of which company is wanting to open a drive-thru, they are thinking it could be a fast-food chain.

He said: “We aren’t against burger bars as such, it’s just unacceptable at this location.”

A spokesman for McDonald’s said they have not submitted an application for a new restaurant on Bruntcliffe Road as did a spokeswoman for Burger King.

Councillors have requested that the application goes to the Plans Panel for a full decision.