Burger King and Starbucks could be coming to Perth as Broxden development set for approval

General image of cars on a roundabout
The new development would be built near to Broxden Roundabout at the western entrance to Perth -Credit:Perthshire Advertiser

Plans for a major development near Perth’s Broxden roundabout – including Starbucks, Burger King and three other drive-thrus – look set to get the go-ahead.

Two applications for the area have been lodged with Perth and Kinross Council planners who will urge councillors to approval them – subject to conditions – at a planning committee on Wednesday next week.

Drysdale Holdings Limited wants to build three restaurants with drive-thrus, 14 offices, 36 electric vehicle charging hubs and car parking all on land 90 metres south of Broxden Avenue, 200 metres from the roundabout.

One of the restaurants named in the application is coffee chain Starbucks, the other is Burger King. The third is not specified but would have outdoor seating, the plans state.

A report to be tabled at the meeting next week states: “One of the units is identified as a ‘Starbucks’ and set over a single storey, the layout includes a drive-through lane, car parking, landscaping, and outdoor seating.

The artist impression of the Broxden Starbucks
The artist impression of the Broxden Starbucks -Credit:Perthshire Advertiser

“The unit has been designed to be visible from Broxden Avenue.

“A second unit is indicated as to be occupied by ‘Burger King’ and again a single story ‘branded design’.

“The occupier of the third unit is not advised, but has similar form and facilities to the others.”

Council planning officers say the project is a departure from the local authority plans for the site, but “there are material considerations which justify this departure”.

The artist impression of the Broxden Burger King
The artist impression of the Broxden Burger King -Credit:Perthshire Advertiser

The report states that the plans are “considered to complement the existing character of the area and will ensure the delivery of the business element without being of detriment to the wider Perth City” as well as creating jobs.

SEPA have lodged an objection over flood risk and, if approved, the plans would go to Scottish Ministers.

In a second application, West Coast Estates Aglo and EG Group have asked for permission to build an 2000 sqm office building and two more - as yet unspecified - drive-thru restaurants on land 100 metres south west of Broxden Avenue.

Documents lodged with the West Coast Estates/Aglo plans state that while the application is “a minor departure” from the adopted development plan “it is considered that there is suitable justification” for it.

It states: “The proposed development will generate employment opportunities, stimulate further development in the area, and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

“[The restaurant units] are intended to complement the existing trunk road service area function of the surrounding area and are also intended to serve the employment function of the remainder of the site.”

It was also pointed out that the proposed developments are not intended to challenge or compete with those in the city centre “given the nature of the location and its inherent suitability for such uses compared to other potential locations”.

The Drysdale Holdings proposals state the application is “a minor departure” from the intended use for the site which is “zoned for core employment uses and not all of the uses proposed are within this definition”.