A new fast-food restaurant has come a step closer to opening in Highbridge this week after town councillors approved proposals for a drive-thru.
The owners of Isleport Business Park won the support of the Town Council for ‘outline planning permission’ to change the use of the land to allow hot food takeaway sales.
No decision has been taken on who will move in, but fast food giant McDonalds is among several well-known names who have expressed an interest in the site, but a spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com that it “currently has no confirmed plans to open a new McDonald’s restaurant in Highbridge.”
Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton said at this week’s council meeting where the plans were debated: “The site has the same layout as McDonalds in Bridgwater and other towns, with a restaurant and drive-through.”
“Given that Aldi and Travelodge have been given permission to open, I think it would be appropriate to have a food outlet here too.”
Cllr Nick Tolley added: “I support it – I think it’s something that’s needed for the town.”
Cllr John Parkes cautioned: “Sedgemoor District Council have said they are keen to support our ‘service centres’ and while there are many residents who will support this plan, there will be concern among some existing food outlets in Highbridge town centre that this will affect them.”
Cllr Andy Brewer responded: “Yes, we share those concerns and it would be nice to get the views of Highbridge Chamber of Trade on this.”
Cllr Parkes said that he would like to see more “high-end” jobs coming to the town, but doubted these would come through these plans.
Cllr Brewer said that 20 full time jobs would be created with this new scheme, but he agreed that “we do need a mixture of opportunities.”
Town councillors voted in favour of supporting the scheme.