McDonald’s planning permission granted

Wednesday April 4th 2018

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An example of a two storey McDonald’s restaurant in Luton

Midlothian councillors yesterday considered and approved the application by McDonald’s to build a two storey drive thru restaurant at Tesco in Hardengreen.

The restaurant is to be built within the Tesco car park where the Tesco click and collect building is currently situated.

Local residents have been evenly split as to whether they wanted the restaurant to go ahead. Objectors raised concerns about litter, extra traffic and healthy eating, whilst those for it were keen to have a McDonald’s closer to home, as well as the jobs it will bring.

The local community councils of both Eskbank & Newbattle and Bonnyrigg have been canvassing public opinion and feeding that back to planning officers and councillors.

Councillors discussed the litter issue with McDonald’s and insisted that the restaurant put in place a Litter Management plan that will see a litter pick take place three times a day in an area extending to about 100 metres from the restaurant.

Healthy eating was also discussed but there were no grounds to reject the application on this basis.

The vote was passed by 9 votes for and 7 against.

There are two further applications in the pipeline which are getting a lot of attention from local residents. One is for a petrol station and shop, restaurant, cafĂ© and drive thru on the land diagonally opposite Dobbies on the A7 roundabout. The second is for a cafe and restaurant next to Tesco petrol station, near to the McDonald’s restaurant.

McDonalds at Tesco

The plan shows the location of the McDonald’s restaurant in the area currently occupied by the Tesco Click and Collect building

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