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New KFC drive-through plans on Treforest Industrial Estate due to be considered

PLANS for a new KFC drive-through on an industrial estate in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) are due to be considered.

The application from Kentucky Fried Chicken for the drive-through food and drink unit on Treforest Industrial Estate will go before the council’s planning committee on Thursday, April 25.

The application is for land which currently forms part of the car park relating to an existing drive-through restaurant (KFC) at Heol-y-Pwll.

The application is an outline one with all matters other than access being reserved for future consideration.

Treforest Industrial Estate (Pic: Google Maps)

A  site layout plan has been submitted which suggests that the proposed unit would be accessed off Heol-y-Pwll via the existing access to the existing KFC unit with it being positioned towards the south-western boundary of the site.

Details submitted with the application also suggest that the unit would have a floor area of up to 160 square metres.

No details of opening hours or staffing numbers have been provided at this stage.

The planning report said the surrounding area is characterised by a number of commercial and educational units with a cinema, bowling alley, and various food establishments being located on the opposite side of Heol-y-Pwll to the north and Coleg Cymoedd Nantgarw being located to the south-east.

Rhyd-yr-Helyg, a residential cul-de-sac, is located approximately 100m to the south-west.

One letter of objection has been received which said that an additional drive-through on the KFC site reduces the number of parking spaces and the development would have a larger draw having two operators.

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They said if the car park on the KFC site becomes full the adjacent Makro site will then be use as an overflow which would not be permitted and claimed the development will result in additional littering.

In recommending approval officers said in their report: “The proposed development would provide an additional food and drink drive-thru establishment (use Class A3) within a part of Treforest Industrial Estate which is already characterised by a series of leisure and food and drink uses.

“The development would be positioned within the curtilage of the existing KFC premises where its wider visual impact would be minimal and could be  accessed without causing harm to highway safety.

“Furthermore, with the nearest residential properties being situated approximately 100m away, the development would have a limited impact upon the amenity and privacy of the nearest residents.”