McDonald’s plan for Bourne set for go-ahead

Proposed McDonald's site on the outskirts of Boure in the Parish of Thurlby - looking north-east from the field entrance towards the Texaco petrol station and The Sugar Mill'Photo: MSMP160114-029js

Proposed McDonald's site on the outskirts of Boure in the Parish of Thurlby - looking north-east from the field entrance towards the Texaco petrol station and The Sugar Mill'Photo: MSMP160114-029js

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Plans for a McDonald’s restaurant and drive-thru are likely to be approved next week despite objections.

The fast food giant wants to build a 96-seat restaurant and drive-thru off South Road, next to the Texaco filling station.

If approved, the chain says it would employ 65 full and part-time staff, most of them from the Bourne area.

The application will be considered by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee on Tuesday and planning officers have recommendedapproval.

It has been referred to the committee because the plans are considered to be “locally controversial”.

A report said there had been 31 letters objecting to the plans and 11 in support.

The objectors are concerned about noise, light, odour, litter and traffic.

One said they were concerned the development on a primary entrance to Bourne would give a bad impression to the town.

It was also said that existing restaurants would be “undermined” and there were already a number of fast food places in the town.

Other objectors said there was important woodland nearby, protected species could be harmed and people who could see the restaurant from their homes would be looking at an “eyesore”.

They were also concerns about anti-social behaviour.

Supporters of the application said there was a lack of fast food restaurants in Bourne; that a large number of jobs would be created and McDonald’s was one of few employers who would take on older people.

One supporter said: “Bourne needs retail units of this ilk to attract investors”.

Bourne Town Council did not object to the application but asked for a hedge between the restaurant and the A15.

Thurlby Parish Council did not object either, but suggested money be sought for a speed limit reduction plans on the A15 through Thurlby and Northorpe.

The report by planning officers said the design was considered appropriate, without detrimentally impacting on residential amenity, highway safety or the character of the area.

Conditions attached to the plan would cover landscaping and car parking. Plans for signs, including the famous golden arch, have already been approved.