Councillors have granted planning permission for a drive through Starbucks to be built in Hartlepool.
Approval was granted for the multi-national brand to open an outlet in Green Street on the former site of a snooker centre which burned down three years ago.
Planning permission was previously granted by Hartlepool Borough Council for a development of five industrial units and offices but it has never happened and the site remains derelict.
Members of the council’s Planning Committee have not given the go ahead for the Starbucks plan.
Councillor Ray Martin-Wells said: “We have got a multi-national operator, by the looks of things, looking to rejuvenate that area.
“It is what I would call a gateway site to Hartlepool and it would be nice to have something there to complement what we have already got in that area.
“Fast food and that kind of thing complements each other well down there.
“It is going to create jobs for a derelict site.”
The drive through, close to the Burn Road McDonald’s, is expected to measure approximately 55ft by 32ft with a sloping roof.
The applicant said there will be seating inside and outside, and 20 car parking spaces will be provided.
Council said the design and look of the building was acceptable.
Some objections from the public was lodged about the impact the new drive through could have on the junction with Green Street and the already busy Burn Road.
But highway officers said the number of vehicles expected to use the drive-through did not give cause for concern, and said the impact on local junctions would not be judged to be severe.
Earlier this year, the council granted permission for a similar drive through Starbucks at the Teesbay Retail Park but it has not yet opened.
A number of readers commented on the Green Street proposal on the Mail’s Facebook page.
Natasha Jackson said: “I’m there. I won’t have to travel to Dalton Park for my eggnog lattes.”
Adam Foster said: “Gets my vote, great to see the town attracting big brands!”
But Amy Lauren Close asked: “How many coffee shops does a little town need Costa has just opened at the marina just a waste of land & money.”
And Fiona Wilkins said: “More litter in the town to go straight into the sea.”