Council lose right to decide on McDonald’s

WAITING GAME: car wash operator Andrew Robertson stil has no idea what the future holds for his business.
WAITING GAME: car wash operator Andrew Robertson stil has no idea what the future holds for his business.

A controversial plan to open a new McDonald’s drive-through in Flemington will be decided on by the Scottish Government.

North Lanarkshire Council’s planning and transportation committee lost the right to determine Locate Developments Ltd’s application for the site in Craigneuk Street after going past the two-month deadline for making up its mind.

But although the developers have taken their case to Scottish Ministers, the committee still had to decide whether permission should be given so that the council’s position could be presented to Scottish Ministers.

And last week they unanimously agreed that permission should be refused - despite the recommendation of officials that consent should be granted.

The site is currently occupied by the Arc car wash whose operator Andrew Robertson said he was still waiting to find out whether the land on which his business operates will be sold.

He said: “I have still to hear from our head office about what’s going to happen. All I can do is play a waiting game and hope the councillors’ decision is approved.”

Committee convener Jimmy Coyle said that while applicants had the right to appeal against non-determination, it was unusual.

He said: “If there is a request for a site visit and hearing - as was the case with this application - that means the application takes longer to determine.

“Normally applicants generally accept this because it means they also get a chance to put their views forward at a committee meeting.”

“However an applicant is within their rights to go to the Scottish Ministers in cases of a deemed refusal, but this is the first time for a long time that we have had this kind of situation.”