McDon­ald’s drive-thru plans set for go-ahead

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By ELIS SAND­FORD

FAST food gi­ants McDon­alds could be com­ing to War­wick.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a drive-thru restau­rant is set to go be­fore coun­cil next week.

And ahead of the plan­ning meet­ing at War­wick Dis­trict Coun­cil, plan­ning of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended that the pro­posed out­let, which would be built out­side the Tesco su­per­mar­ket on Em­scote Road, should be ap­proved.

Coun­cil­lor on the plan­ning com­mit­tee will take the fi­nal de­ci­sion on Tues­day.

An ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted for the erec­tion of a two-storey de­tached drive-thru restau­rant within the car park of an ex­ist­ing Tesco su­per­mar­ket off Em­scote Road in War­wick.

The ap­pli­ca­tion comes com­plete with plans for car park­ing, land­scap­ing and two cus­tomer or­der dis­plays.

And while War­wick­shire Fire and Res­cue and War­wick­shire Po­lice have raised no ob­jec­tions to the pro­posed fast food restau­rant, the coun­cil re­ceived 261 ob­jec­tions from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Some of the ob­jec­tions ar­gued that should the pro­posal be ap­proved, there would be strain placed on an ex­ist­ing junc­tion.

Oth­ers in­cluded claims that it would en­cour­age poor eat­ing choices, an in­crease in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­ior, and an in­crease in litter and pol­lu­tion.

How­ever, there were also 22 let­ters in sup­port of the pro­posal, with one mem­ber of the pub­lic ar­gu­ing that this would ease congestion around the near­est McDon­alds which is in Leam­ing­ton.

Within the doc­u­ments for the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, the plan­ning of­fi­cer con­cluded that: “It is con­sid­ered that the pro­pos­als would not cause un­ac­cept­able harm to the liv­ing con­di­tions of neigh­bour­ing dwellings or to the char­ac­ter and ap­pear­ance of the area.

“Fur­ther­more, it is con­sid­ered that this is an ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion for a drive-thru restau­rant and that the pro­pos­als would be ac­cept­able in terms of eco­log­i­cal im­pact, high­way and pedes­trian safety, flood risk and im­pact on the town cen­tre.

“There­fore, the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment should be ap­proved.”

Fast food gi­ants McDon­ald’s looks set to find a new home in War­wick

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