Plans are put forward for a new McDonald’s
SWINDON could soon get its seventh McDonald’s restaurant.
An application has been submitted for an outlet on the Bridgemead Industrial Estate, close to the former Abbots Cross petrol station.
If successful, the McDonald’s will be two storeys high and have a drive through, with vehicles entering via Great Western Way, as well as an outdoor seating area.
Although no licence has been granted yet, it is expected the restaurant will be open for 24 hours a day.
The plans also include a 49- space car park with room for several motorbikes and two loading bays for delivery lorries.
The majority of McDonald’s located in stand-alone buildings, like those submitted in the plan, employ predominately local workers.
The application has been put forward by Peter Lovett, of the Dick Lovett car dealerships, and Christopher Moulton, of Western Counties Automobile Company Limited, in partnership with the fast food chain.
A spokesman for McDonald’s said: “I can confirm we have submitted a joint application for a new restaurant on Great Western Way.
“A new McDonald’s would bring investment to the area and provide 65 full and part-time jobs for the community.
“We are excited about the prospect of investing in Swindon and will be working with the council on our plans.
“We choose the location of our restaurants following an assessment of customer demand.”
Prior to submitting the formal application, the council planning department was consulted and said that the principle of the application was acceptable.
There are already six McDonald’s in the Swindon area, located in the town centre, on Greenbridge Retail Park, the Orbital Retail Park , the West Swindon District Centre, Watchfield and on the Great Western Way, a short distance from the proposed new site.
Coun Jim Robbins (Lab, Mannington and Western) said he would be speaking with residents before deciding whether to support the proposal .
He said: “There will likely be a difference of opinion, with some people concerned about having another fast food restaurant and the problems of obesity whereas others may see the benefit of jobs and the convenience of having a McDonald’s in that location.
People can comment on the council website or at the council offices in Euclid Street.
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