PLANS for a drive-through Burger King and 24-hour gym at Coppins Bridge, next to Cineworld, have been approved by the Isle of Wight Council.

The decision was made by planning officers, using delegated powers. It did not go to the council's planning committee.

The company behind the scheme, specialist leisure investor Otium Real Estate, has been granted planning permission for the drive-through, gym and two further flexible-use retail spaces.

It said the proposed development will see two large, vacant retail units brought back into use and their flexible use would ensure the future viability of the wider site.

The drive-through will be the Isle of Wight's first Burger King and the gym will be run by The Gym Group.

Otium said they would create more than 50 new jobs for Island people.

Kate Simpson, from the Pegasus Group planning consultancy, said: “We were extremely pleased to secure approval for this scheme on behalf of our clients, Otium.

“The vitality and viability of the town centre will be enhanced through the proposal and attracting The Gym Group and Burger King demonstrates investor confidence in the potential growth for Newport, which will act as a catalyst for further regeneration and investment.

“The Gym Group have indicated their proposal would result in the generation of approximately six staff, and Burger King would seek to employ around 50 full and part-time staff."

Ashley Blake, of Otium, said: “Otium specialises in improving leisure assets via active asset management and adding the Island’s first national multiple gym operator and first Burger King is part of our plan to widen the offer of this dominant leisure site."

As part of the plans, the current vehicle access arrangements and parking layouts will be modified.

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