PLANS for a new drive-thru coffee shop on a major Bradford have been given the go-ahead.

An application was lodged with Bradford Council to demolish an old petrol station on Wakefield Road, near its junction with Francis Street, to make way for the new drive-thru.

It said there would also be an indoor and outdoor seating area for customers.

"As a minimum, staffing on site will comprise one manager and two shifts of four persons each shift to provide nine jobs created overall," said the application. 

"Permission is sought for the site to operate 24 hours, seven days a week, albeit it is likely that the coffee shop/restaurant will be open 06:00-23:00 hours seven days a week."

In approving the application, planners said: "The site is located close to a number of commercial, industrial and warehousing units and is not allocated for any specific use in the Replacement Unitary Development Plan.

"The principle of development is considered to be acceptable subject to a local impact assessment."

It added: "The proposal makes no changes to the existing access from Wakefield Road which is a classified A road and although it consumes parts of Heaton Street also will not make changes to the road layout at the junction with Francis Street.

"Considering its existing use as a petrol filling station, the new use is not considered to lead to an over intensification of the site and offers an appropriate level of parking and manoeuvrability for cars and larger vehicles for delivery and refuse.

"There is also considered to be acceptable and nonconflicting pedestrian access from both Wakefield Road and Francis Street.

"It should be conditioned that prior to first use all access and parking arrangements should be implemented to serve the development.

"There is some concern that displacing parked vehicles from Heaton Street could lead to problems in the wider area, however to remedy this falls largely outside of planning's remit."

It says conditions should be applied to ensure it is not brought into use until "all reasonable endeavours have been taken to promote a traffic regulation order".

The report added: "Providing that conditions are applied and appropriate submission of detail is sought and granted at a later date, the proposal is considered to offer improvement on the current situation and does not raise any significant concerns."