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A new drive-through Starbucks coffee shop and McDonald’s  on the edge of Downham Market could create around 80 jobs for the area.

McDonald’s is seeking full planning permission for the new businesses in Bexwell Road, near the roundabout with the A10 and Bexwell Business Park, in an application submitted to West Norfolk Council this week.

Outline permission for a restaurant and take away at the site was granted in 2014. 

The 1.7-acre site is currently open countryside and has been unused for “a number of years”, according to the application.

The proposed McDonald’s restaurant would have  seating for 100 customers, plus parking, drive-through lanes, an outdoor children’s play area and a patio with seating.

It could be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the application states.

A report supporting the application said: “The proposed development is to cater principally for those motorists travelling on the A10, but can and may of course be used by residents. 

“While other motorist services for petrol exist in the wider surroundings, there are limited facilities to take a short break, or to purchase food and drink on the move. 

“The proposed units, adjacent to the principal road network, are therefore orientated to the motorist.”

The drive-through Starbucks would have seating inside for 40 customers and share a car park of 77 spaces with the fast food restaurant.

Together, the new businesses are expected to create around 40 full-time and 35 part-time jobs.

“The design and layout of the proposal is appropriate in the area,” a report supporting the application said.

“Natural and neutral colours and materials will be used on the building and throughout the scheme to ensure the site integrates easily with the surroundings.”

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