A new Burger King is set to open in Sutton High Street on the site of an old Coral betting shop, according to new plans.

The fast food chain previously had a branch in the St Nicholas Centre which closed its doors back in 2018.

The new High Street restaurant is expected to bring 26 jobs to the area with the chain now accepting applications.

Plans submitted to Sutton Council are yet to be approved.

Previous plans to turn the building into a yoga studio, approved in 2019, were never acted on.

The council’s planning portal lists just one public comment, an objection from a man concerned about delivery drivers visiting the restaurant.

He said: “No provision appears to have been made for the arrival and departure of moped delivery drivers delivering takeaways.

"This could cause traffic hold-ups and risk accidents at the busy junction on which this restaurant would be located."

Jeremy Wright, people director of Burger King UK, said: “During what has been a very challenging few years for many businesses, we are delighted to be creating new job and career opportunities in the area, and look forward to welcoming 26 new starters into the Burger King family, at our new Sutton restaurant.”

Soon, American burger chain Wendy’s will also open on the High Street. The latest London store will open at 96-98 High Street on the site of former Home Store.

A planning application, submitted to Sutton Council, reads: “Wendy’s is a well-known burger chain making a return to the United Kingdom after an absence since 2000.”

Earlier this year, a Freedom of Information request (FOI) revealed that the town centre high street was the one with the highest percentage of empty shops of the five across the borough.

In 2021, of the 385 units in the town centre, 63 or 16 per cent were standing empty.