New Burger King restaurant and drive-thru could open at Peterborough retail park

A Burger King sign
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A new Burger King restaurant and drive-thru could be opening its doors at a Peterborough retail park. It follows after planning and licensing applications were put forward to the city council.

The American fast food chain is looking to open a new branch at the vacant unit at Boongate Retail Park. It was previously occupied by Frankie and Benny's, who closed down last year.

The plans will see a new drive-thru lane built at the existing building, along with a revamp of the car park. Improvements are also being proposed outside the site, including refurbishment and landscaping.

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If approved, it would be the third Burger King to open in Peterborough, following ones at Queensgate Shopping Centre and Serpentine Green. The company also applied for the transfer of the premises licence of the site earlier this month, moving the plans a step closer.

A design and access statement from applicants KUK Group said: "This proposal involves the provision of a drive-thru lane which will wrap around the existing restaurant unit. This includes a drive-thru lane and associated infrastructure, including a height restrictor, menu boards, ordering point and grill bays.

"The proposals will facilitate Burger King’s occupation of the site as well as expand the food offering and attract additional customer footfall, which should be supported. The resulting improvements and alterations to support the viability of the restaurant use will result in the continued provision of local jobs.

"The proposed drive-thru lane will be sited comfortably around the existing restaurant unit. The positioning and orientation of the drive-thru lane has been considered to ensure that this does not impact upon the use of the wider car park and has been designed in conjunction with transport engineers, i-Transport."

A decision on the plans will be made by Peterborough City Council at a later date. To view the plans in full, visit the planning portal, using the reference 24/00415/FUL or click here.

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