New KFC to be built on site of Isaac Newton pub

A NEW fast-food takeaway is to be built on the site of a demolished pub after district councillors voted in favour of the plans this week.

Councillors on South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee had previously rejected plans for a new KFC to be built in Harlaxton Road where, until recently, the Isaac Newton pub stood.

The proposal was rejected earlier this year on the grounds of the appearance of the building and concerns over road safety and the impact on residents in the area.

On Tuesday, councillors declared themselves much happier with the new-look design.

Coun Jacqui Smith said: “I think this is a much better design - much more in keeping with the area.”

Coun Judy Stephens agreed, saying the appearance of the restaurant in the previous application was “ghastly to be honest”.

However, Coun Bob Adams raised concerns that the new restaurant could bring similar problems with traffic and anti-social behaviour to what he said is experienced at McDonalds in Bridge End Road.

Coun Adams said: “I have severe reservations. The site is wrong for the type of business that is looking to operate there.”

Coun Charmaine Morgan said she too had reservations about the proposal, including road safety problems. However, Lincolnshire Highways said they had no problem with the plans.

Coun Morgan said: “Any tailback is going to cause problems. I’m quite surprised by the comments from highways, yet again.”

The councillors on the committee voted by 14 votes to one in favour of accepting the proposal.

l What do you think of the new look? Is the corner of Harlaxton Road and Springfield Road an appropriate place? E-mail us with your views to: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk