PLANS have been submitted to turn the old Blockbuster video site into a drive-through hot food takeaway.

The site at Riverside Retail Park, previously occupied Blockbuster, has been vacant since 2013 when the company entered administration.

An application was approved on August 14, 2015 for a change of use of the whole unit to Class 3 (food and drink) use, however was not implemented.

The cover letter, from agents GVA Grimley, say the plans will bring new jobs to the area and put a long term vacant unit back into use.

It states: “Our client proposes the subdivision of Unit 9 and part change of use to create a new Unit 9a for Class 3 (food and drink).

“External alterations are also proposed to the unit and car park to create a new drive-thru lane and improve pedestrian circulation within the site. The proposals are supported by the planning history for the unit and by planning policy.

“These proposals will serve the re-occupation of a long term vacant unit, improve the vitality and viability of the retail park and improve the attractiveness of Riverway Retail Park as a destination with consequential benefits in terms of linked trips with the town centre.”

“A number of external alterations are also required to meet the requirements of the operator, including the introduction of a drive-thru lane.

“In terms of the other unit, described as unit 9B, only external works are proposed. “This unit will continue to operate under Class 1 use.”