New drive-thru branches of the popular fast food chains could drive to Sunderland

At a meeting in 2018, the Government Cabinet of Sunderland discussed proposals for the former Salterfen Industrial Estate in Ryhope Township.

Since the announcement of the project, some changes have been made to the structures and contractors – with early plans, including the space for a gas station.

Now the project developer Alisa3 Developments Ltd has submitted a complete planning application for the open area.

According to a planning statement, the restaurant chains Burger King and KFC are hired as tenants for passageways.

The application further states that KFC is expected to occupy a one-story building on the northern edge of the site, while Burger King could occupy a two-story building in the south.

In addition to 96 parking spaces – including six wheelchair accessible parking spaces – three other commercial units are proposed.

And according to the developers, the plans are expected to have real economic impact and create up to 83 jobs.

In a draft and access statement, it concludes: "The site is also designed as a gateway site to bridge the link between residential areas and industrial / commercial areas.

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"The proposal is in line with the environment, including the commercial and residential development in the north and the new housing development in the south, and provides much needed commercial space for the local area.

"Our primary goal is to give Salterfen Road a high-quality visual identity, enhance the visual appearance of the area, and exploit the gateway potential of the site."

Developers added that there were no suitable alternative sites for development in nearby urban areas.

If approved, the suggested opening hours for retail outlets may be between 7:00 and 23:00, seven days a week.

Public comments on the plans can be made in writing by Wednesday, 4 September.

A final decision lies with the planning authority and is expected in early October.

KFC and Burger King were asked for a comment.