Metro Bank have submitted plans to open a drive-thru bank in Charlton on the site of McDonalds.
Do McDonalds have plans for another local site? There’s no submitted plans as yet.
Despite plans for a drive-thru bank (or drive-through to ditch the Americanism) it will still have facilities for those arriving on foot – though there’s barely even paving at some nearby spots such as this when approaching from the east.
Planning documents state the “Council’s Principal Engineer – Transport & Highways, briefly reviewed the proposal and made the following comments:
· The site has moderate access to public transport with a PTAL of 3.
· The site is within a retail park where there is an abundance of parking available nearby which is accessed from private roads.”
What about pedestrians?
Well, I’m not sure this comes from the Council’s Officer as it’s ambiguous but the document then states: “There appears to be a lack of pedestrian crossing linking the entrance footpath at Bugsby’s Way/Peninsula Park Road to the building across the drive-thru lanes. It is noted that most foot traffic would come from within the site from people visiting other retail units.
However some pedestrian link to the north of the site would encourage interaction between the site and the public realm.
A pedestrian crossing over the drive-thru lanes from the footpath to the site is also recommended”.
Yet it’s not just the drive-thru lanes where there’s a lack of crossings. And what about areas like this when approaching from other shops?
Drive-thru banks are very common in the States but far less so in the UK. When I visited the States I’d often see huge pick-ups and SUVs pulling up to drive-thru banks off Highways. It all seemed curiously American. To see something something in inner London is odd yet shows how car-dominated this area is.
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