Planning permission has been granted to allow developers to expand the service area at Brampton Hut.

Site operator Brampton Valley applied in August to Huntingdonshire District Council for permission to extend the service area, off Great North Road, to accommodate another three food outlets, with 65 parking spaces.

According to Nicol Thomas Ltd, which is acting for Brampton Valley, it is "intended" that the three new outlets will be taken by Burger King, Starbucks and Subway.

In its application to the district council, Nicol Thomas Ltd, said: "Brampton Hut Services is a significant interchange but lacks the quantum and quality of other major highway interchanges.

"The proposed development of three food outlets and five units will significantly improve the facilities on offer at Brampton Hut Services providing additional food selections to the travelling public.

"It is not proposed that the facilities will become a destination in their own right, rather they will add more choice to customers using the service area.

"The proposal will bring the available choice of refreshments and rest area at Brampton Hut Service up to the standard of other significant highway services along the A1 network.

It is intended to build the extension on an area of grassland, measuring about 1.5acres, which adjoins the existing site.

Approving the plans, district council planning officer, Tara Everson, said: "The buildings are modern in their design, with monopitched roofs, metal cladding and feature rickwork/render. This design is more distinctive than the remainder of the site, but forms a character of its own.

"The front of the buildings facing the public areas have large glazed windows which add interest to the buildings. All of the units are a single storey, with taller single storey feature monopitched elements.

"The design of the buildings and their impact on the character of the area are acceptable."