'Reject drive-through plan'
A residents' group has objected to plans that would see part of a Victorian railway building turned into a drive-through restaurant.
Jamie Lewis Residential wants to redevelop the disused 1890s Great Central Railway (GCR) wagon repair works, next to Upperton Road, Leicester.
The building would be turned into a medical centre, gym, drive-through restaurant and food store.
Upperton Road Area Residents' Association has broadly welcomed the scheme, which would preserve one of the city's few remaining GCR buildings, but objected to elements of the project.
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It has started an online petition opposing the drive-through and arguing it could result in a loss of privacy.
It had been signed by more than 120 people yesterday and will be presented to Leicester City Council planning officers.
A spokesman for the association said: "Jamie Lewis has done a good job restoring other historic buildings and people would like to see a doctor's surgery.
"However, the scheme does not really offer anything else the area does not have in abundance.
"There are many food supermarkets and fast food places. If this was to be anything like the fast food restaurants in Narborough Road, it will create litter and mess.
"There will also be increased traffic in Upperton Road, which is already congested.
"This is a particular concern for people in Watkin Road. They will have little privacy because of the removal of greenery that was there."
Jamie Lewis, managing director of the developer, said: "Our application follows 12 months of dialogue with the council and heritage groups.
"We have striven to find a viable solution in order to be able to retain and convert these wagon repair sheds into spaces which would be commercially attractive.
"It would be far easier and more cost-effective to replace them with a modern building.
"The scheme has 126 parking spaces and the sheds have an existing planning permission for a heavy industrial use with unrestricted working hours.
"This means that tomorrow any noisy engineering company could legally work in these premises 24 hours a day.
"In respect of traffic, we are very aware that Upperton Road is a busy road at peak hours but this is no different to busy roads in other cities at certain times of day and our consultants' traffic plan offers an acceptable solution."
A deadline for members of the public commenting on the application ends today but a city council spokesman said: "We would still consider any representations for a period after that."
The petition is at: