A fire-ravaged Chinese restaurant will stay a ruin for now after plans for a McDonald’s and a Costa Coffee were rejected today. (Aug 1)
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee said designs for two drive-through restaurants on the site of the Yim Wah House next to the A428 at Caxton Gibbet were not good enough.
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The site has stood empty since a devastating blaze in 2009.
After the meeting, panel chairman Cllr Robert Turner said: “We were quite happy with seeing restaurants on that site, even to see fast food outlets like McDonald’s and Costa, but the design was completely out of keeping for South Cambridgeshire and that part of the district.
“We had hoped for a modern design that would be a beacon for South Cambridgeshire but the designs were really 1970s and McDonald’s can do far better.”
As the News reported, Elsworth Parish Council complained the plans promoted the “self-serving interests” of “two multi-national giants”.
It added: “McDonald’s promote their food as nutritious, but the reality is that it is junk food – high in fat, sugar and salt, and low in fibre and vitamins.”
Planning officers had recommended the scheme for approval, arguing the designs of both buildings were acceptable and welcoming the prospect of up to 85 jobs being created.