It’s not over yet: McDonald’s considers next move in Guildford

Protests against McDonald's plan to build in Guildford.
Protests against McDonald's plan to build in Guildford.

MCDONALD’S says it is considering its next move after a development panel knocked back its plan to build a 24-hour fast food store in Guildford.

A McDonald’s spokeswoman said they were disappointed with the outcome.

“This site is zoned for commercial use and we strongly believe we meet the relevant planning requirements,” she said.

“As well as providing more than 100 local jobs we know our restaurants also bring a number of other economic benefits to a local area.

“We’ll take all of the panel’s feedback on board before determining next steps.”

Meanwhile the City of Swan welcomed the decision by the Metro East Joint Development Panel (JDAP) to refuse McDonald’s development application.

The meeting, which was held yesterday at the Midland Town Hall, included more than 20 deputations, before the panel handed down its unanimous decision.

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright, who addressed the panel at the hearing, said the panel had made the logical decision.

“The community had a number of concerns about the development application and the effect it could have on the amenity of the area, particularly surrounding parking, traffic management, road safety and lack of heritage integrity,” he said.

“This application generated an immense amount of public interest, with 97 per cent of respondents objecting to the development application.

“The City also received three petitions opposing the development, which contained more than 7000 signatures.”

The City’s Responsible Authority Report, submitted to JDAP on August 3, also recommended the development application be refused on heritage and parking grounds.

Midland Guildford Ward Councillor Ian Johnson said the decision was a win for the community and the town of Guildford.

“I know this issue has been on the minds and in the hearts of a majority of the Guildford Community over the past five months,” he said.

“The town of Guildford has such an important history and heritage and it is vital that we try to protect it, which I feel has happened today,”