Plans for new restaurants
A LONG derelict site in Exeter could soon be home to four restaurants and provide up to 320 jobs.
The plans, which would see the transformation of an empty site at the junction of Alphington and Marsh Barton Road, are recommended for approval by the city's planning committee.
It is understood that national chains Frankie & Bennys, Chiquito, and Starbucks will occupy three of the restaurant sites.
The area has been underused for about 15 years and has been virtually vacant for at least 10.
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Nearly all the buildings on it have been demolished. It has been the subject of various planning proposals over the years but all attempts to market it solely for business or office use have failed.
If approved this development by the Restaurant Group would see a mix of business and restaurant use.
The restaurants would front onto Alphington and Marsh Barton roads but the access would be from Ashton Road.
There would be 109 car parking spaces, and 11 disabled bays. and 54 cycle spaces.
Concerns about the proposals have been raised by Alphington city councillor Margaret Clark who said:"I am going to speak at planning committee to request a condition is included to ensure the design of the car parking does not allow a large area that can be used by boy racers causing noise and disturbance to houses nearby. Having campaigned on the issue of boy racers at the Stone Lane Retail Park for a year before the management company put in a change of parking restrictions, I do not want the same problem at this new development."