Plans for former Stevenage Homebase building and KFC drive-through get go-ahead

The former Homebase building, pictured, could become three new ones.

The former Homebase building, pictured, could become three new ones. - Credit: Archant

An empty unit on Stevenage’s Roaring Meg Retail Park could be replaced with three different warehouses.

Members of Stevenage Borough Council agreed on Tuesday night that planning permission should be granted for the old Homebase building.

Applicants Aberdeen Asset Management Ltd will now demolish the existing retail warehouse and build three new ones in its place. In total the new development will only be four square metres larger than the existing structure.

Councillors unanimously agreed to the changes.

Last October Debenhams was also granted permission to built a 100,000 square foot mega store in the place of Toys ‘R’ Us on the retail park.

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At the same meeting they also agreed to grant planning permission for a new KFC drive-through restaurant on land next to Monkswood Way.

Trees will be cut down to make way for the fast-food outlet but the council’s tree expert said that this would have “little or no impact from a tree and conservation” view point.

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One councillor opposed the vote, and one abstained, but the rest gave their blessing to the proposed plans.

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