McDonald’s no go for drive-through plan

The site of the proposed drive-through
The site of the proposed drive-through

McDonald’s have been refused planning permission to open a drive-through in Flemington after appealing to the Scottish Government.

The proposed restaurant in Craigneuk Street would have been on the site of the Arc car wash.

Last month North Lanarkshire Council were due to refuse planning permission, but decided to hold back on making a final decision until a site vist and hearing had been carried out, so Locate Developments exercised their right to have the matter resolved in Edinburgh.

However, they found the appointed Reporter, John Martin, to be of a similar mind to the council and he recommended planning permission be refused due to fears over additional traffic and the impact of noise and litter on local residents.

He said: “Even though the size, location and access of the site may appear ideal for a restaurant of this type, its close proximity to a newly constructed residential area makes the site unsuitable for a development with a detrimental impact on the living conditions of the residents.

“The traffic generated by the proposed development would have a detrimental impact on highway and pedestrian safety, particularly in relation to the neighbouring residential area.

“And it would have an adverse effect on the living conditions and amenity of residents by reason of the traffic generated, the risk of litter beyond the site area and noisy activity outwith normal working hours.”