Search

Plans for McDonald’s in Dereham receive a boost

11:49 27 February 2013

The former Cemex site in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

The former Cemex site in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant © 2013

Ambitious plans that could see a McDonald’s and 51-bedroom hotel built in Dereham have received a boost after town councillors voiced their support.

The proposals for the former Cemex concrete products factory site on Yaxham Road, near the A47 and Tesco, would create more than 150 new jobs.

Speaking at Tuesday’s town council meeting to discuss plans, deputy mayor Kate Millbank said: “It’s right at the entrance to Dereham and I am concerned that if we were to be negative to it, that site will remain as it is.”

Former mayor Michael Fanthorpe said he was concerned the designs looked too American for a quaint Norfolk town.

Tim Birt said the council should support the application because of the new jobs it would create.

Other councillors said the plans would bring badly-needed extra overnight accommodation to the town.

Robert Hambidge said the development could hurt hotels in the town centre, but others said it would attract a different clientele.

The councillors unanimously agreed to support the planning application, but raised concerns about access to the site.

Breckland Council’s planning committee will make a final decision on the plans at a later date.

4 comments

  • What does the former Mayor think of Strikes... and our wonderful Leisure Centre? Is their design in keeping with a 'quaint' Norfolk town?... And does it really matter?

    Report this comment

    Doris

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Does Dereham really need such eyesores? Will this attract people to stay or will the cheap burger dive put people off staying in Dereham.

    Report this comment

    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • It's McDonalds...

    Report this comment

    Bri_H

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • The only problem will be the increase in cars. It is busy as it is.

    Report this comment

    Johnny Norfolk

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other news

Thu, 14:28
Scrumpy the pony was stolen from his field in Reepham. Picture: Supplied

A family is appealing for help in finding their much-loved pony who was taken from his field near Reepham.

Thu, 09:56
A visit Dereham leaflet has been produced for the first time. Pictured are (from left) Charlie Robertson, Sheila Goldsmith, Rev Dominique Turnham, Hilary Bushell, Ken Hawkins and Sue Walker White. Picture: Ian Burt

A group of attractions is trying to put Dereham on the tourism map and has started by producing a brochure to show what the heart of Norfolk has to offer.

Thu, 07:00
The plan to split Dereham Sixth Form College provoked protests from students. Picture: Ian Burt

An unprecedented warning notice targeting a high school over plans to set up its own sixth form remains in place, despite its governors putting their case directly to council bosses.

Wed, 11:14
Adam Gedge and his wife Aimee are saving for a deposit for their first home while renting in north Norwich.

The increasing gap in the house price to earnings ratio means the average home-buyer would now need to spend almost 10 times their salary to get on the ladder in parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Most Read

Thu, 14:28
Scrumpy the pony was stolen from his field in Reepham. Picture: Supplied

A family is appealing for help in finding their much-loved pony who was taken from his field near Reepham.

Read more
Reepham
Thu, 09:56
A visit Dereham leaflet has been produced for the first time. Pictured are (from left) Charlie Robertson, Sheila Goldsmith, Rev Dominique Turnham, Hilary Bushell, Ken Hawkins and Sue Walker White. Picture: Ian Burt

A group of attractions is trying to put Dereham on the tourism map and has started by producing a brochure to show what the heart of Norfolk has to offer.

Read more
Sue Walker White
Thu, 07:00
The plan to split Dereham Sixth Form College provoked protests from students. Picture: Ian Burt

An unprecedented warning notice targeting a high school over plans to set up its own sixth form remains in place, despite its governors putting their case directly to council bosses.

Read more
Dereham Sixth Form College
Wed, 11:14
Adam Gedge and his wife Aimee are saving for a deposit for their first home while renting in north Norwich.

The increasing gap in the house price to earnings ratio means the average home-buyer would now need to spend almost 10 times their salary to get on the ladder in parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Read more
Norwich
Tue, 17:04
Paul Williams, from Dereham, who survived the Hillsborough Disaster. PHOTO; Matthew Usher

A Dereham man, who survived the Hillsborough tragedy which claimed the lives of 96 football fans in 1989, has spoken of his “absolute relief” at today’s verdicts which found that they were “unlawfully killed” and none of the supporters who were at the game were to blame.

Read more
Dereham

Most Commented

Thu, 14:28
Scrumpy the pony was stolen from his field in Reepham. Picture: Supplied

A family is appealing for help in finding their much-loved pony who was taken from his field near Reepham.

Read more
Reepham
Thu, 09:56
A visit Dereham leaflet has been produced for the first time. Pictured are (from left) Charlie Robertson, Sheila Goldsmith, Rev Dominique Turnham, Hilary Bushell, Ken Hawkins and Sue Walker White. Picture: Ian Burt

A group of attractions is trying to put Dereham on the tourism map and has started by producing a brochure to show what the heart of Norfolk has to offer.

Read more
Sue Walker White
Thu, 07:00
The plan to split Dereham Sixth Form College provoked protests from students. Picture: Ian Burt

An unprecedented warning notice targeting a high school over plans to set up its own sixth form remains in place, despite its governors putting their case directly to council bosses.

Read more
Dereham Sixth Form College
Wed, 11:14
Adam Gedge and his wife Aimee are saving for a deposit for their first home while renting in north Norwich.

The increasing gap in the house price to earnings ratio means the average home-buyer would now need to spend almost 10 times their salary to get on the ladder in parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Read more
Norwich
Tue, 17:04
Paul Williams, from Dereham, who survived the Hillsborough Disaster. PHOTO; Matthew Usher

A Dereham man, who survived the Hillsborough tragedy which claimed the lives of 96 football fans in 1989, has spoken of his “absolute relief” at today’s verdicts which found that they were “unlawfully killed” and none of the supporters who were at the game were to blame.

Read more
Dereham

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dereham Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up