EXCITING plans have been submitted for a huge new 24-hour drive-thru coffee shop at one of Merseyside’s biggest retail parks.

Croft Retail and Leisure Park in Bromborough will soon see a new development built on Welton Road, if plans are approved by Wirral Council.

They were submitted by the developer last month and validated on Tuesday, and the site, which is over 3,000sq m in size, could be for either a coffee shop or restaurant.

But in documents submitted by Crookes Walker Consulting alongside the application, it was revealed the developer is in “discussions” with a coffee shop operator.

It said if that went ahead, it would mean no cooking done on site. Discussing the type of ventilation that will be included in the building, the documents added: “Should another A3 restaurant operator with a kitchen facility further details of the proposed kitchen extract system installation shall be submitted to the developer for review prior to installation.”

The documents said while the exact occupier is as yet unknown, the building would open 24 hours a day, including on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The exact location of the new drive-thru has not been revealed in the plans, but they did reveal it would replace an existing hand car wash. The existing building would be demolished for the new development and associated works, if plans are approved.

There is already a McDonald’s drive-thru at Croft Retail Park, as well as a Subway, Pizza Hut, Nando’s, KFC and Greggs. In terms of coffee shops, there is already a Costa, which could indicate the new store might be a Starbucks.

Deloitte, which is the agent involved in the plans, was contacted for more information.

It’s not the only new drive-thru being considered by Wirral council’s planning officials at the moment.

Proposals to open a new McDonald’s drive-thru are set to be discussed by the planning committee next week.

That would mean a large new restaurant just off the M53 in Prenton – close to a gym. The plans have provoked significant reaction, with dozens of objections submitted to the local authority.