McDonald’s applies to build store behind Guildford Hotel

The Guildford Hotel. McDonald's has applied to City of Swan to build behind it. Picture: David Baylis
The Guildford Hotel. McDonald's has applied to City of Swan to build behind it. Picture: David Baylis

MCDONALD’S has put in a development application with City of Swan to build a fast food outlet behind the historic Guildford Hotel.

The application at Lot 18 James Street includes plans for a family restaurant with drive-through facility as well as a play place.

The application proposes to share 43 carparking bays with the Guildford Hotel.

A heritage impact statement prepared by TPG Heritage as part of the development application submitted to the City, states the proposal was sufficiently set back to ensure it did not affect the hotel.

However, Guildford resident Jeni Hood said a McDonald’s store would lower the heritage standards and ambience of Guildford.

“Many in the community find it deeply disappointing and believe a McDonald’s will do nothing to create to a more vibrant town centre,” she said.

“The proposal’s proximity to a primary school is concerning.

“Given the level of concern from public health experts saying that fast food is not good for children’s health, this proposal would make accessing unhealthy food more tempting.”

Dr Hood added the store would create a traffic hazard.

“Johnson Street is already is already dangerous and having a constant stream of cars accessing a McDonald’s will make it even more worse,” she said.

Submissions on the development application close on April 17.

Property developer Luke Martino directed media enquiries regarding the proposal to McDonald’s head office in Sydney.