Greggs drive-thru plan approved for Westhill site
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Plans for the north-east’s first drive-thru Greggs in Westhill have been approved despite worries it would turn the town into a “fast food hub”.
It means Greggs fans will soon be able order their favourite tasty treats without leaving the comfort of their cars.
But a cafe will be built with seating for 28 diners so customers can still choose to sit-in if they wish.
The national bakery chain lodged plans with Aberdeenshire Council for the new development at Venture Way back in June.
The site will have 29 car parking spaces and 12 electric vehicle bays with charging points.
Outdoor seating will also be provided so customers can choose to sit outside and enjoy their hot drinks, sandwiches, cakes and pastries.
The new Greggs will sit on a site between the existing McDonald’s and Starbucks drive-thrus.
It will create 20 full and part-time jobs and the drive-thru is expected to be open seven-days a week from 6am to 9pm.
Westhill and Elrick Community Council did not object to the plan but did raise concerns that the town was at risk of being seen as a “fast food drive-thru hub”.
But the proposal received support from Aberdeenshire Council planners and they recommended it be approved.
They revealed that the site had failed to attract any interest to develop the site despite marketing efforts.
But planners said it the new Greggs would “complement the existing and future business space”.
They also believed the drive-thru could attract further investment to the Arnhall Business Park and is a “suitable addition” to the area.
The application was considered by the Garioch area committee earlier today.
Westhill and District councillor Iris Walker supported the plan and said it was “good to see the empty spaces being filled up”.
Fellow ward member councillor Ron McKail said the number of proposed electric vehicle charging points was “impressive” and he also welcomed the new jobs.
Meanwhile councillor Fatima Joji noted the previous lack of interest in the site and said: “There’s more value than costs to have this in the area”.
The committee then unanimously agreed to a delegated grant.
But they asked the developer to provide a detailed refuse and recycling plan to address any concerns about waste management.
The new drive-thru will become Westhill’s second Greggs as the bakery chain already has a unit at the town’s shopping centre.
Meanwhile there are seven Greggs stores in nearby Aberdeen.
The firm currently has two drive-thrus in Scotland – one in Glasgow and another in Dalkeith, near Edinburgh.