5th July 2022

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Council to assess plans for new Burger King at Parc Fforestfach

A DRIVE-THRU Burger King restaurant could be heading to a Swansea retail park.

Council planning officers are assessing proposals for the new fast food outlet at Parc Fforestfach.

Applicant UK Retail Warehouse Fund wants to demolish a unit formerly occupied by Carphone Warehouse and two smaller units that were occupied by Greggs and O2, and create a two-storey drive-thru.

It would have space for 80 customers, employ 25 staff, and have 16 parking spaces.

The adjacent Caffe Nero coffee shop would remain in place.

A planning statement submitted as part of the UK Retail Warehouse Fund’s application said the planned Burger King was more likely to have footfall from the retail park and passing traffic than be a destination in its own right.

The report said other sites closer to the city centre had been considered but discounted as they weren’t appropriate.

“Overall, we conclude that the proposals are acceptable and no harmful impact will arise,” it said.

Parc Fforestfach has two entrances, and buses also stop there.

A transport assessment on behalf of the applicant estimated the drive-thru would generate just over 1,000 two-way vehicle trips per day, nearly 200 more than the existing site’s use.

In 2018, McDonald’s was keen to open a larger restaurant at Parc Fforestfach than the proposed Burger King.

But Swansea Council’s planning department did not warm to its pre-application enquiry, saying it could threaten policies which aimed to claw back footfall to the city centre. Parking and road safety issues were also raised by planning officers.

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