McD's: Consent to knock down tile centre refused

November 03 2017

MCDONALD'S plans to open a drive-through in Fishponds Road have hit another setback.

MCDONALD'S plans to open a drive-through in Fishponds Road have hit another setback.

The fast food chain's application to demolish the tile warehouse at 541-551 Fishponds Road has been turned down.

People living near the site raised objections over the asbestos risk, the impact on traffic and the risk to wildlife.

These concerns have been backed by city council planning officers, who said the fast food chain had not provided enough information about site security, access, drainage or how contaminated waste would be dealt with. They said further details would have to be supplied.

McDonald's, which won permission to develop its two-storey restaurant after a six-day public inquiry, will now have to appeal against the refusal or come up with revised and more detailed plans. This will mean a delay in developing the site.

 Mike Jempson, chair of NoMacInF, which opposed the development, said: "McDonald's applications displayed their customary arrogance. Just because they won the first Public Inquiry they evidently felt they could get away with a nominal application for demolition without due consideration for the local residents, and the local wildlife. 

"Demolition will be major operation causing huge disruption to the immediate area. Fair play to those most directly affected by the work who explained their concerns to to the council, and won the day. 

"Fishponds doesn't give up easily, and we shall be watching McDonald's every move like hawks."