We were instructed by Tim Hortons to support an application for the redevelopment of an existing Pizza Hut restaurant to provide a Tim Hortons Drive Thru restaurant. As Tim Hortons are legally permitted to occupy the store without the need for planning permission, the proposals simply comprised the addition of a drive thru lane.
Given the relatively small scale of the proposals in comparison to the lawfully permitted use, we prepared a short Transport Statement to examine the key transport related issues. We also provided advice and drawings to the design team in relation to the proposed car park arrangement to ensure that the number of parking spaces would not be reduced by the introduction of the drive thru lane, in comparison to the existing Pizza Hut site.
As the proposals did not result in any change of the use of the unit and there was no significant change in floor area, it was not considered that there would be any material change in primary trip attraction.
The planning application was granted permission on 11th June 2021 and there were no issues raised by the highway authority.