AN APPLICATION that would’ve seen a second KFC takeaway built in Carlisle has been unanimously rejected by councillors.

Morrisons had submitted a plan to turn some land on their Kingstown site currently used for car parking space into a KFC drive thru and restaurant.

The decision to refuse the proposal comes just months after the fast food giant opened its first store in the city, after the lease on its restaurant in the city centre expired.

It had been a part of The Lanes Shopping Centre since 2002.

Their store in Harraby opened its doors in May.

Traffic problems around the new restaurant caused mass protests from residents, with motorists brought to a standstill on London Road following its opening.

Customers arriving at the store on foot reported queueing in the restaurant for between 20 minutes to and hour to be served.

Concerns were raised about the latest application by the city council’s planning department, Cumbria Police, Cumbria Highways and dozens of residents.

The issues included litter pollution on the site and the wider area, noise, smell, exhaust and light pollution and the fact that city centre alternatives were not explored.

Councillor for Belah and Kingmoor, David Morton, commented: “I have always been wary to have this there, it is a properly busy junction.

“The culmination of additional traffic could make things much worse.”

Paul Nedved, councillor for Stanwix and Houghton, said: “The reasons for refusal are stark. There are different problems that we can’t continue to ignore, the traffic has become an increased problem.”

The city council received 104 letters of objections to the application, with no letters of support.

It was planned that the restaurant would’ve been open until 3am Monday to Saturday and until 11pm on Sundays.