A raft of objections has been made to a controversial plan for a pub/restaurant on the outskirts of Perth.
UK brewers Greene King are behind the plan for a Hungry Horse development at the Broxden Business Park, to include a coffee drive-in run by Costa and 96 car parking spaces.
The company claims the pub will create around 40 jobs, 26 of them full-time, and the drive-through will lead to 20 jobs, including 10 full-time posts.
Greene King also states the development will provide a boost of £1.8 million to the economy each year.
Nick Brian, Perth and Kinross Council’s development quality manager also believes the development will be likely to “contribute to the further development” of the surrounding business park and he is recommending approval of the plan.
Residents have written to the local authority to underline their opposition, among them John Dickson, who said the site is “too near” private homes.
James Pirie stated that the area is “already well served” by the established McDonald’s and Harvester restaurants and added that the proposed development “would create more traffic and disturbance” and feared “more trouble with litter than at present”.
Kenneth and Janice Taylor agreed there was not need for another food outlet.
“Within a very short distance we have a filling station selling coffees, teas, filled rolls and snacks . . . McDonald’s, Harvester restaurant and, nearby, Cherrybank Inn and the Lovat Hotel, which serve the needs of many local residents,” they said.
“We have been delighted with our retirement home, with the area and the superb transport provided. It is a quiet, caring, responsible development and deserves to remain so.”
Also citing the proximity of other food outlets, Councillor Willie Wilson has previously stated that he believes the site should be retained for “future potential” office or business development.
If approved, the pub/restaurant will be built on the east side of the site, adjacent to the Balhousie Care Group office.
The ground floor of the building will accommodate customer and service areas including a children’s play area with two staff apartments on the upper floor for managers.
Members of the council’s development management committee will discuss the plan at a meeting on Wednesday.