Dorchester's town planning committee has raised no objection to an application for a KFC restaurant between the Tesco fuel station and the town football club.

The outlet could create up to 50 full and part-time jobs in the town if it gets final approval from West Dorset District Council which will make the final decision.

Town councillor planners asked at their Monday evening meeting, that a developer’s contribution should be used to provide a number of litter bins in appropriate locations around the site and wider area.

Said town council planning committee chairman Cllr Robin Potter: “The KFC proposals were accepted because there is no good reason in planning policy to refuse it, bearing in mind that some sort of similar facility has always been expected in that area since Tesco’s store and petrol station were agreed, and that the larger signs proposed would be non-illuminated.”

The proposed opening times are from 1030am to 11.30pm Monday to Sunday.

Among the public comments on the scheme, so far, are that the development would cause additional traffic queues onto Weymouth Avenue.

Another says: “the application claims that the existing car parking spaces are underused when in fact they are fully occupied when the football stadium is being used, which is seven days a week now the club is a community benefit society accessed by the wider community. This presents a potential conflict of use and the prospect of still more traffic congestion from vehicles searching for somewhere to park.”

Comments on the scheme, reference WD/D/18/002692, have to be made by December 15th.