City of Melville not lovin’ a new McDonalds

An artist’s impression of the proposed two-storey McDonald’s.
An artist’s impression of the proposed two-storey McDonald’s.

A TWO-STOREY McDonald’s planned for Canning Highway in Applecross is unlikely to go ahead after it was knocked back unanimously by a Development Assessment Panel (DAP) on Friday.

Acting Melville chief executive Christine Young confirmed the City had received an application in March for the development of a McDonald’s on the corner of Reynolds Road and Canning Highway.

The City did not support the application because of zoning and traffic concerns.

“The City has assessed the application, which included consultation with Main Roads WA and adjoining landowners via letter,” Ms Young said.

“Six letters of objection were received.

“On final assessment, the City’s recommendation is to refuse the proposal.

“Key factors for refusing the application included the proposed site not being located within a key activity centre, in keeping with State Planning Policy and the City of Melville’s own Community Planning Scheme No. 5, and negative impacts on traffic, congestion and safety in the area.”

Alfred Cove MLA Dean Nalder also made a submission to the panel, recommending the plan not be approved.

“I welcome the decision. A number of issues were raised with me by local residents so I’m pleased the outcome acknowledges the community’s concerns,” he said.

“I have concerns that increased traffic volumes along Reynolds Road will be directed into local suburbs, creating issues for local residents and road users.

“Given the City has a plan in place to reduce ‘rat running’ along Macrae Road and focus on road user safety in the area, any development which would essentially funnel traffic back into local suburbs is not appropriate traffic management.”