New drive-thru set for Swansea's Parc Tawe which will be home to 'national restaurant chain'

Parc Tawe in Swansea
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Revived plans have been put forward to build a new drive-thru restaurant at a retail park, with a national restaurant chain said to be waiting in the wings to move in.

Centurion (Parc Tawe 1) Ltd, which owns Parc Tawe Retail Park in Swansea, has asked the city's council for permission to introduce the new restaurant, which would create 25 new jobs.

Documents submitted as part of the application by chartered surveyors, Montagu Evans, on behalf of the applicants read: "Centurion has significantly invested in upgrades to Parc Tawe following their purchase of the site in 2020. As part of their programme of improvements, terms have been agreed with a national operator to occupy the proposed unit subject to receipt of a satisfactory planning permission in accordance with their requirements. The application is therefore not speculative." For the latest Swansea news, sign up to our newsletter here.

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But two previous planning applications proposing the drive-thru have been turned down by Swansea Council's planning department, on the basis of it having "a negative visual impact at this prime gateway location."

The refusals also noted that "the scheme does not satisfactorily address development plan requirements for provision of enhancements for biodiversity net benefit or the integration of multifunctional green infrastructure" and that it would "compromise highway safety on the safe operation of the circulation areas of the car park in that it would result in an unsafe environment for pedestrians using active travel routes and drivers."

Addressing the previous concerns, the application states: "The proposed development is materially different to the previously refused schemes within the retail park. It has been located and designed to overcome the previous reasons for refusal including a relocation of the unit away from the New Cut Road frontage.

"Owing to previous refusals of planning permission for a secondary drive thru on the eastern boundary of the site, the location of the unit has been revised away from the retail park boundary and onto an area of redundant car parking and minimal landscaping more central within the retail park.

"The proposed development can be broken down into the following components: Drive-thru restaurant unit measuring 260 sq. m, a shared parking arrangement with the remainder of the retail park, dedicated car parking spaces in respect of customer, disabled and grill bay spaces; two EV bays; and landscaping and planting.

"The drive-thru is therefore proposed to the south of the Costa Coffee drive thru on land currently used for car parking. The unit will comprise 260 sq. m and be occupied by a national restaurant chain." Swansea Council's planning department will now consider the application.