Work starts on new McDonald's in Scole, near Diss
Work on a new McDonald’s and Marks & Spencer outlet in Scole has begun – despite final approval not being in place.
The scheme, which will also include a BP petrol station and Wild Bean Café, will occupy a site next to a roundabout for the A140 and A143 in the village.
Full planning permission was approved by Mid Suffolk District Council in June and it was estimated that construction would start within the next three years.
The developer was tasked with meeting a number of conditions – focusing on footpaths, underground tanks, flooding and drainage – prior to any work taking place.
A district council spokesman said: “The applicant feels they have met the conditions, and have submitted evidence of this to the council. We haven’t yet made a decision on whether the conditions have been met.
“If we judge the conditions have not been met, they will be liable for planning enforcement action.
“Equally, the developer knows this and is aware of the costs involved, so is likely to be very careful not to continue unless they can absolutely prove that they have met the conditions.”
The developer applied to vary one condition, which required them to complete all road access prior to commencing construction.
Instead, they asked to complete all road access before the site comes into use and the committee gave them permission to make the change as long as they kept to an agreed construction environment management plan.
The plan lays out requirements such as the hours work is allowed to take place and where vehicles related to the construction can park to minimise disruption to nearby residents and road users.
A spokesman for McDonald’s said: “We look forward to opening the restaurant in the near future.”
The company BP said they are planning to open in Spring 2019.